King for a Day
23 Mar 2023

King for a Day distribution and screenings

King for a Day

Available now on VoD

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Sunday 2nd June 7.30pm Wadebridge Regal cinema plus Q&A. Tickets now on sale

Wed 17th April 6.30pm Arthouse Crouch End, London plus Q&A. Tickets now on sale :

Thurs 25th April 7.40pm Newlyn Filmhouse Cornwall plus Q&A. Tickets now on sale :

 Weds 1st May 2pm and 7.30pm - The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington Devon plus Q&A Tickets:


King for a Day
60-minute documentary by Barbara Santi

King for a Day immerses us in the community at the heart of one of Europe's oldest folk customs, Padstow's May Day and the Obby Oss, told through the narratives and remarkable archives of its people. A cinematic journey interweaving audio-visual archive spanning 150 years. Will this be the last generation to tease the 'Old Oss' from her stable to welcome the Summer?

King for a Day is an inspirational story about friendship, hope, celebration and unity.


King for a Day Mawnan poster.


Delighted that King for a Day will be distributed by the prestigious DER (Documentary Educational Resources) in the USA. DER are a leading specialist in distributing anthropological films. Their mission is to amplify underrepresented voices, and inspire understanding about people, cultures, and identities of the world. Check out their amazing collection of documentaries.

Over the next months we will be able to share with you how you can see King for a Day on a streaming platform via DER. Proceeds will be split with the Obby Oss parties to ensure the custom is supported.

The film has been shown at:

- Tate St. Ives - May 1st at 3pm. Book tickets here:

- St. Just WI Hall - May 19th 7.30pm with Lafrowda Festival

- Redwing Gallery, Penzance - 20 June 7.30pm with Golowan Festival

- The Poly, Falmouth 28 September 2023

- The Verdant Taprooms, Penryn Sunday 4th February 2024 presented by The Stone Club

- Mawnan Memorial Hall, Tues 5th March 7pm  part of CFylm and Screen Cornwall 

To find out more about the film go to:

King for a Day