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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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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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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 Forrester .... hairdresser (as Darlene Forester)
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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Clive Merrison (Gardner) has played Sherlock Holmes many times on BBC Radio 4 dramas.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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Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, II. AllegrettoSee more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Sprite delight., 7 April 2011
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

Photographing Fairies is directed by Nick Willing who co-adapts with Chris Harrald from the book of the same name written by Steve Szilagyi. It stars Toby Stephens, Emily Woof, Ben Kingsley, Frances Barber & Philip Davis. Music is scored by Simon Boswell and John DeBorman is the cinematographer. Plot finds Stephens as photographer Charles Castle, a level headed man who took delight in debunking the Cottingley Fairies pictures as being fake. However, this brings him into contact with the Templeton family and what appears to be an authentic looking image of a tiny fairy. It's the beginning of journey that will prove to be as magical as it is dangerous.

No! This is not the fairy film about the girls who faked the Cottingley Fairies pictures. Released the same year, that film was called Fairy Tale: A True Story, a very nice film in its own right, but this is a very different animal. Very much a unique film, Photographing Fairies has a number of words that frequently crop up when reading about, or discussing it. Weird, hypnotic, beautiful, tragic, odd, haunting, dreamy, surreal and poetic, any one of those can be used to describe Nick Willing's movie. Ultimately it's the word mystical that best sums it up, with the film weaving together intriguing premise's that in turn are played out with gorgeous visuals. Charles Castle's search for the truth is not merely that, himself in grief, as he searches for physical evidence, it leads him to something more, arguably something all encompassing and not worldly. The movie poses many questions as it explores the likes of paganism, animism and the role of hallucinogens in bringing to life a world beyond the physical one we all know. Refreshingly, we the audience are not fed the answers, and the film is all the better for it.

More known for his work on music videos, Nick Willing blasted out of the directing blocks with this as his debut big screen offering. That he hasn't gone on to far better things is a mystery given the first class work he does here. Some of the scenes here are remarkable, truly, and aided considerably by DeBorman's pin-sharp photography he's made a visually hypnotic interest story that's paced to precision. Simon Boswell provides a swirling romantic score, flecked with mystic tones and nicely entwined with Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, it's very tonally correct and worthy of re-visits on its own. The cast are on good form, with Kingsley doing creepy folk religious and Stephens a nice line in a man hurting within, showing cynical arrogance, yet opening up his layers the further he delves into the mystery. Come the finale, a tragic-beauty finale at that, the film has come full circle and it's credit to Stephens that he has been able to carry us along with him at all times. Emily Woof (Velvet Goldmine/The Full Monty) also shines bright in the difficult (spiritual) romantic role, while the child actors are thankfully adorable and never annoying.

A film to capture the imagination of those with an open mind or for those with a leaning to the mystical, Photographing Fairies is a little gem. 9/10

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