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This hugely inspiring biopic chronicles British tenor Paul Potts’ meteoric rise to stardom via the television program Britain’s Got Talent. One Chance is an endlessly charming, against-the-odds success story from director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada).
British tenor Paul Potts's meteoric rise to
stardom on Britain's Got Talent dazzled
audiences around the world in 2007. Yet
there is much more to Potts's story, one of
arduous self-actualization and against-the-
odds success. That story is the subject
of David Frankel's hugely charming and
inspiring biopic, One Chance.
One of four children born to a bus driver
and a supermarket cashier, Paul (James
Corden) grows up in Bristol listening to his
parents' opera records and discovering his
vocal gift by singing in local choirs. He is
also ruthlessly bullied, a devastating blow
to his self-confidence alleviated only by his
love of song.
But song wasn't paying the bills, so Paul
works as a mobile-phone salesman while
performing in an amateur opera company.
Though less than satisfying, life seems
settled enough. Then Paul meets Julie-Ann
(Alexandra Roach) on the internet. After
a tentative courtship, the two fall deeply
in love. Paul has almost everything a man
could want, and yet he still seems to yearn.
The tale of how Paul goes from unfulfilled
everyman to media sensation is a testament
to the human spirit and one of the
most engaging true stories of our time.
Corden brings marvellous coherence to
Potts's turbulent trajectory of ambition and
frustration, while Roach is just lovely as
the partner whose unwavering belief helps
see him through. One Chance is about more
than one chance — it's about a whole life
spent preparing to make a dream come true.
- David Frankel
- David Frankel was born in New
York City and studied at Harvard
University. He has directed the features
Miami Rhapsody (95), The Devil
Wears Prada (06), Marley & Me (08),
The Big Year (11), Hope Springs (12)
and One Chance (13).