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- The Parapod Movie

The first podcast to be turned into a feature length film, The ParaPod Movie follows Ian Boldsworth and Barry Dodds as they visit the most haunted village in the world, the home of the world’s most violent poltergeist, the underground labyrinths of Edinburgh, and everywhere in between, as Barry tries with increasing desperation to find some proof to convince his cynical friend that ghosts are real.

What follows is a journey of true discovery, of shocks, emotional turmoil and a bewildering climax, peppered with The ParaPod’s trademark conflict and hilarity. You won’t believe it… but he will.

"has an appeal that should reach beyond existing fans.. you don’t even need to care too deeply about things that go bump in the night to become bewitched by their fractious friendship.. offers shocks, chills, laughs and a hot take on human nature”
– ★★★★ Chortle

 

The movie will be followed by a live Q&A with Barry Dodds and Ian Boldsworth (except in Glasgow, where Ian will be appearing solo).

UK Premiere at the Prince Charles Cinema, London's West End, 7th Jan 2020. What the audience said:

Knew the @theparapod movie would be funny but didn’t expect it to be genuinely terrifying too. Never been in a cinema where the audience have laughed so hard and jumped so much. Absolute banger from start to finish.” @hillyfoz

“#TheParaPodMovie is not only an hilarious and often touching piece of cinema, it's also genuinely terrifying at times. Standing ovation after the credits rolled and bloody well deserved it was too.@gabundy

Following a smash hit podcast @InfiniteHermit and @Barry_Dodds (and everyone involved) have made something truly wonderful and truly shit scary!!! The standing ovation at the end said it all...go and see it.Jonny Awsum

#TheParaPodMovie was amazing! Genuinely had me slapping my thighs laughing at points.” @CaptainClueles5

Seriously what a phenomenal film.” @JudgeFish

If it ends up near you go watch #TheParaPodMovie.@ParaAndroid700

#TheParaPodMovie was sensational. Hilarious, naturally, but so much more than that. It was tense, it was moving, it was thoughtful and it was joyous. An amazing journey to witness.@tlchimera

Disappointingly for me, it was not s**t.” – Richard Herring

Run time: 1hr 45 mins, plus live Q&A

Book now to avoid disappointment - More dates being added soon, check theparapod.com

In 2015, Ian Boldsworth and Barry Dodds decided to start recording their arguments about the existence of ghosts. Lifelong believer in the paranormal Dodds, and hardwired skeptic Boldsworth went head to head in The ParaPod podcast with staggering results.

Three series, 2.3m downloads, sold out live shows and specials later, Boldsworth made this the first podcast to be turned into a feature length film, and in 2020 The ParaPod Movie is finally unleashed.

Documentary-filmed, completely on location over a three-year period, The ParaPod Movie is produced by Bil Bungay (MoonDiego MaradonaWhen The Lights Went Out), directed by and starring award-winning podcast pioneer Ian Boldsworth (Peacock & Gamble PodcastThe ParaPodThe Mental Podcast) and multi-award-winning comedian Barry Dodds.

Initially funded with a campaign on the original podcast where listeners paid for a movie credit, against all odds this truly unique independent movie comes to fruition.

"It’s impossible to write about The Parapod Movie without acknowledging the remarkable way it was financed. That’s thanks to all those listeners who dipped into their pockets and crowdfunded it, wanting to see how the pair could translate their debates about the existence of ghosts to a big-screen narratives.. this is a film about people more than it is about spectral happenings, especially the two protagonists’ peculiarly male friendship based largely on taunting, piss-taking and cajolery. That, of course is where the comedy comes from.

It’s also about the nature of belief, from the nature of ghost stories we like to tell ourselves – a notion underpinned by succinct talking-head experts – to the fact the supposedly ‘open-minded’ Dodds is unwilling to accept serious scrutiny of his point of view, preferring to hide behind pseudo-scientific gadgetry he ultimately knows is pointless.

All this means this movie has an appeal that should reach beyond existing fans of the podcasts. No knowledge of the show is needed, and you don’t even need to care too deeply about things that go bump in the night to become bewitched by their fractious friendship in a film that offers shocks, chills, laughs and a hot take on human nature." – Chortle