TRAMA ONE CHANCE – THE WORK OF MY LIFE
Once Chance – The Work of My Life, the film directed by David Frankel, is the true and exciting story of Paul Shotts (James Corden), a shy and reserved boy with an unbridled passion for opera. The son of a steel worker, Paul was born in Port Tarlot, a charming town in Wales which, however, does not have much to offer to those with an extraordinary talent like his. Plump and overweight, the young Paul grows up under the hostilities of his classmates, who torment him relentlessly from adolescence to adulthood. But despite the harassment and the strong incompatibilities with his father, nothing manages to undermine his enthusiasm for the only thing he loves to do in life: to sing the opera. Hoping to increase his talents, the young man leaves England and goes to Venice, where he begins a training course in a famous singing school. Soon, however, Paul has to deal with the first major obstacle of his existence.
During an audition, the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti tells him that he does not have the cloth of the opera singer. Devastated, the boy returns to Port Talbot determined to give up his dream forever. But his girlfriend Julie-Ann (Alexandra Roach) and his best friend Braddon (Mackenzie Crook) convince him to participate in a new British contest, “Britain’s Got Talent”, which will give him the opportunity to win the hearts of the public and become a real Youtube star …
CURIOSITIES ON ONE CHANCE – THE WORK OF MY LIFE
The film is based on the true story of Paul Potts, winner of the first edition of the Britain’s Got Talent talent show. On the evening of June 9, 2007, the first English edition of the program of Simon Cowell and Potts, a shy and humble man, aired for the first time in front of the cameras the No dorma by Giacomo Puccini, enchanting the jury and the whole audience.
While being very in tune, the parts where the character of James Corden sings, have been voiced by the real Paul Potts. The scene where Paul is on the stage of Britain’s Got Talent is taken from the original recordings of the program. With some subsequent changes, Potts was later replaced with James Corden.