Sleeping Giant film fest returns to Jacksonville after COVID break

"Phantom of the Open" tells the story of "the world's worst golfer."

After a two-year COVID break, the Sleeping Giant film festival returns to Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville’s Five Points neighborhood, with more than a dozen films, shorts, cartoons and live appearances.

The festival opens Thursday night with a showing of “Phantom of the Open,” a 2021 feature film about an English crane operator dubbed “the world’s worst golfer” after posting a score of 121 in a qualifying event for the British Open Championship. 

Matt Soergel, who once reviewed movies for the Times-Union, got an early look at the film and had this to say. 

“This good-natured British underdog movie is based on the true story of Maurice Flitcroft (seen in clips at the end), a shipyard crane operator who, without ever playing an actual round of golf, decides to enter the 1976 British Open, on the strength of an application that lists his handicap as false teeth, lumbago and a touch of arthritis.

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