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Director:
Writers:
Chris Harrald (written by)
Steve Szilagyi (book)
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Release Date:
19 September 1997 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
Photographer Charles Castle is numbed with grief following the death of his beautiful bride. He goes off to war... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Toby Stephens ... Charles Castle

Emily Woof ... Linda

Ben Kingsley ... Reverend Templeton

Frances Barber ... Beatrice Templeton

Philip Davis ... Roy (as Phil Davis)
Hannah Bould ... Clara Templeton
Miriam Grant ... Ana Templeton

Rachel Shelley ... Mrs. Anne-Marie Castle

Edward Hardwicke ... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Clive Merrison ... Gardner
Stephen Churchett ... Mr. Dawson

Mary Healey ... Mrs. Dawson
Maggie Wells ... Mrs. Hoopdriver
Richenda Carey ... Fierce Woman
Jeremy Young ... Des

Michael Culkin ... Cole
Donald Douglas ... Judge
James Greene ... Minister
Neville Phillips ... Hotel Proprietor
Stuart Richman ... Red-Cheeked Man
Michelle Fine ... Medium
Bernard Gallagher ... Doctor at Vicarage
Gabrielle Cowburn ... Elsie
Howard Lee ... Policeman

David Sterne ... Prison Warder
Tim Crouch ... Prison Warder

Directed by
Nick Willing 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chris Harrald  written by
Steve Szilagyi  book
Nick Willing  written by

Produced by
Michele Camarda .... producer
Alan Greenspan .... executive producer
Mike Newell .... executive producer
Fonda Snyder .... co-producer
Larry Weinberg .... co-producer (as Lawrence Weinberg)
 
Original Music by
Simon Boswell 
 
Cinematography by
John de Borman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sean Barton 
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
 
Production Design by
Laurence Dorman 
 
Art Direction by
Philip Elton 
 
Set Decoration by
Shirley Lixenberg 
 
Costume Design by
Hazel Pethig 
 
Makeup Department
Mark English .... assistant hair stylist
Darlene Forester .... hairdresser
Christine Greenwood .... makeup artist
Rupert Simon .... additional hair stylist
Rupert Simon .... additional makeup artist
Anne Spiers .... hair designer
Anne Spiers .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Wendy Broom .... production manager: second unit
Heinz Dill .... production manager: second unit
Jo Homewood .... production manager
Chris Nixon .... post-production supervisor: second unit
David Shanks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Clayton .... third assistant director
John Dodds .... first assistant director
Mark J. Ingram .... second assistant director
Guy Travers .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Les Andrews .... stand-by props
Robert Betts .... stand-by painter (as Bob Betts)
Eamon Cann .... construction carpenter
John Cole .... carpenter
Derek Ede .... stagehand
Ian Fryer .... dressing props
Charlie Gaynor .... construction carpenter
Robert Harvey .... storyboard artist
David Haynes .... painter
Jane Henwood .... property buyer
Christopher Higson .... stand-by carpenter (as Chris Higson)
Danny Hunter .... property master
Eric Lowen .... carpenter (as Dave Lowen)
Poppy Luard .... assistant art director
Steve Marquiss .... painter
Charlie McGinlay .... painter
Colin Mutch .... chargehand stand-by props
Brian Neighbour .... construction manager
Dave Pearce .... chargehand carpenter
Albert Roper .... supervising painter
Adrian Start .... painter
Emma Tauber .... art department assistant
Jessie Walker-Stewart .... art department runner (as Jess Walker Stewart)
Brian West .... props storeman
Steve Williamson .... painter
Jess Alexander .... art department runner (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist
Kevin Brazier .... sound designer
Peter Eusebe .... sound maintenance engineer
John Fewell .... foley artist
Stephen Griffiths .... sound designer
Nick Henry .... sound assistant
Mark Holding .... sound recordist
Dave Humphries .... dubbing mixer
Bradley Kendrick .... sound assistant
Alan Sallabank .... assistant dubbing mixer
Trevor Swanscott .... adr recordist
Trevor Swanscott .... foley recordist
 
Special Effects by
David Broadfoot .... wire rigger
Dave Crownshaw .... snow effects supervisor
John Dempsey .... special effects trainee
Ross King .... special effects senior technician
John Markwell .... special effects supervisor
John Mason .... snow effects technician
Mark E. Raymond .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Sally Clayton .... digital artist
Paddy Eason .... digital effects designer
Dan Glass .... visual effects designer
Pete Hanson .... studio manager
Ray Lau .... visual effects editor
Bettina McCall .... visual effects editor
Dennis Michelson .... digital effects: CFC
Joe Pavlo .... digital artist
Rachael Penfold .... visual effects producer
Tim Quarman .... digital input: CFC
Sandra Roach .... digital effects artist
Howard Sly .... visual effects artist
Geraldine Swayne .... digital painter
Gavin Toomey .... digital painter
Tim Wellspring .... visual effects production assistant
Trevor Young .... film recording
Kevin Phelan .... scanning and recording producer: CFC (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dave Broadfoot .... stunt rigger
Dave Broadfoot .... stunt wireman
Glenn Marks .... stunts
Lex Milloy .... stunts
Rex Reddick .... stunts
Kevin Sommerville .... stunt wireman
Chris Webb .... stunt coordinator
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator
Drew Meldon .... aerial stunt rigger (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Bateson .... camera trainee
Peter Casey .... generator operator
John de Borman .... camera operator
Rosalyn Ellis .... clapper loader
Dave Escoffery .... electrician (as David Escoffery)
Nil Henchoz .... gaffer: second unit
Luis Lazo .... still photographer
Alan Martin .... gaffer
Jason Martin .... best boy
Mark Milsome .... focus puller
Chris Plevin .... camera operator
Greg Read .... electrician
Robin Stone .... camera grip
Roger Tooley .... Steadicam operator
Paul Wood .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hilary Ball .... wardrobe assistant
Sophie Cowood .... wardrobe trainee
Philip Lester .... wardrobe supervisor
Phill Tarling .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Mike Fraser .... negative cutter
Ray Lau .... first assistant editor: second unit
 
Music Department
Terry Davies .... conductor
Terry Davies .... orchestrator
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Christopher Ross .... musician: piano solo
Paul Talkington .... music coordinator
 
Other crew
Wendy Broom .... production coordinator
Catherine Charlton .... dialect coach
Jo Chate .... assistant location manager
Sam Davies .... assistant to director
Cristina De Vajay .... production assistant: second unit
Jon Duncan .... assistant accountant
Mike Fraser .... rushes transfer
Pat Garrett .... choreographer
Alan Gavin .... production accountant
Simon Giles .... title designer
Freddy Grossniklaus .... location assistant: second unit
Alex Heffes .... assistant: Simon Boswell
Michael Higson .... stand-in
Hannah Hoare .... production runner
Greg Jordan .... location manager
Alex Mordaunt .... assistant location manager
Ron Mueck .... fairies creator
Helen Ostler .... floor runner
Alan Robertson .... photo technical advisor
Stephen Siegrist .... location assistant: second unit
Howard Sly .... modelmaker
Nicole Stott .... assistant to producer
Thomas Ulrich .... location assistant: second unit
Lisa Vick .... script supervisor
Tim Wellspring .... production assistant
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexuality
Runtime:
106 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Edward Hardwicke, who plays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has played Conan Doyle's Dr. Watson many times.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When discussing the original photograph with Beatrice Templeton (Frances Barber), Charles Castle (Toby Stephens) says that the supposed fairy in the image could just be a 'glitch in the emulsion'. The use of the word 'glitch' is anachronistic. Glitch, meaning a small fault, didn't come in to common parlance till the 1960s some 40+ years after the setting of this film.See more »
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Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, II. AllegrettoSee more »

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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, 9 January 2006
Author: DaveNoodles

A few years ago I stumbled across this book by Steve Szilagyi (quite a name he got himself there), I read it a couple of times, thought it was an entertaining story with some interesting themes... and then I pretty much forgot all about it. Until now, where I stumbled across it on DVD, didn't even know it was made as a film, and so I gave it a shot yesterday, not hoping for much (tiny British films aren't always the epitome of excitement).

A positive surprise. The film is about a British photographer who's specialized in trick photography after he came home from WW1. He's a rational man, to the point where he's almost dead inside (the very opposite of Arthur Conan Doyle who also shows up in the tale, played by the guy who played Watson in the TV show btw) but that changes when a woman brings him some photos she claims show her daughters playing in their garden with a bunch of... you guessed it, fairies.

This is essentially a fantasy film, but it's not quite like most other fantasy films; questions about belief is the central theme, but it's stretched and played around with so it's constantly intriguing, even for a cynical agnostic (atheist if you're Christian) like me. Is heaven a state of mind, and if so, does that make it less worth? How do you find truth in life, and is it ever better to lie about the truth for the sake of those you love? Thematically they've incorporated many of the more "out there" ideas from the book in rather clever ways; drugs, sex, violence, are also themes in Szilagyi's innocently looking book, and the filmmakers have tried to stay true to this. This isn't some film about small creatures with crowns on their heads who smiles a lot, nor is it a funny Spielbergian flick, it's an exploration of grief and obsession and how those things can affect our beliefs, shake us to the very core. Yeah, it doesn't sound very jolly, which I guess it isn't, but it's interesting.

The cast is excellent, the music and photography far better then I had expected (same goes for the limited fx). Going by the cover and BBC's name on it somewhere, I actually thought it was maybe a TV movie. Really brilliant use of slow motion, not just for kicks, as a gimmick, even though it looks ravishing as well, but actually done in a meaningful way with regards to the plot (though that's easier to see if you've read the book).

The writers have changed a lot with regards to the plot; shuffled around, condensed, introduced new scenes/characters, and so on, but that's like it should be. Any attempt to take the book directly from the page would've failed miserably. They've even introduced a completely new intro & ending as well. It works like a charm, though some might find it a bit too convenient.

I did have some problems with it though... the lead is deliberately almost always kept at arms length, which is okay in some ways, but leads to detachment. I ended up finding his destiny more stimulating and interesting then gripping. There is also the inherent problem a book like this one poses when turned into a movie; how do you visualize ideas and thoughts. How do you visualize symbols? Film is a literal medium, and so it can't hide things the way language can, this film proofs that by coming up short in some of the books most magnificent sequences (but it improves on others); this isn't a fault from the filmmakers, what can they do after all, but it is a problem when they've chosen a story that is essentially more about mystical/spiritual question (going all new age here) then it is about the literal discovery of fairies.

Anyway, despite my few complaints, and despite the fact that this is not a mind blowing, life altering, hyper super fantastic religious experience of a film, I still highly recommend it. It's a rather unique and different attempt to play in the fantasy pen, and that is to be applauded I think. It's also pretty entertaining... if your idea of a good time is a bunch of Brits running around in gardens searching for fairies that is.

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