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Noel Streatfeild (novel)
Heidi Thomas (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 December 2007 (UK) See more »
Dreams do come true...
The story of three orphan girls (Pauline, Petrova, and Posy), adopted by an eccentric explorer, Great Uncle Matthew, and his niece Sylvia, in 1930s London. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Emilia Fox ... Sylvia Brown

Victoria Wood ... Nana

Emma Watson ... Pauline Fossil

Yasmin Paige ... Petrova Fossil

Lucy Boynton ... Posy Fossil

Richard Griffiths ... Great Uncle Matthew

Marc Warren ... Mr. Simpson

Lucy Cohu ... Theo Dane

Gemma Jones ... Dr. Jakes

Harriet Walter ... Dr. Smith

Eileen Atkins ... Madame Fidolia
Heather Nicol ... Winifred Bagnall

Mary Stockley ... Miss Jay

Teresa Churcher ... Clara

Skye Bennett ... Young Sylvia

Peter Bowles ... Sir Donald Houghton
Don Gallagher ... Mr. French
Emma Darwall-Smith ... Titania (as Emma Darwall Smith)
Isabella Parriss ... Cobweb
Jade Longley ... Moth

Adrian Lester ... Mr. Sholsky

Tim Wallers ... Mr. Montague
Gresby Nash ... Leopold Neville
Ebe Sievwright ... Valentin Manoff
Ruth Brill ... Featured Dancer
Natasha Mould ... Featured Dancer
Jack Thorpe-Baker ... Featured Dancer (as Jack Thorpe Baker)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucy Greenhalgh ... Background Artist (uncredited)
Ellen Howard ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ceri Jerome ... Dancer (uncredited)
Amy Johnson ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Katie Lowe ... Dancer (uncredited)
Georgina Minter-Brown ... Auditionee (uncredited)
Chloe Page ... Fairy (uncredited)
Laurence Richardson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lucy Watson ... Younger Pauline (uncredited)

Directed by
Sandra Goldbacher 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Noel Streatfeild  novel
Heidi Thomas  screenplay

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer: Granada
Matthew Hamilton .... line producer
Patrick Spence .... executive producer: BBC
Heidi Thomas .... executive producer: BBC
Damien Timmer .... executive producer: Granada
Piers Wenger .... producer: Granada
Original Music by
Kevin Sargent 
Cinematography by
Peter Greenhalgh 
Film Editing by
Adam Recht 
Casting by
Susie Parriss 
Production Design by
Jeff Tessler 
Art Direction by
Paul Gilpin 
Costume Design by
Sheena Napier 
Makeup Department
Alice Hopkins .... make up & hair artist
Bea Millas .... hair stylist (as Beatriz Millas)
Bea Millas .... makeup artist (as Beatriz Millas)
Luca Saccuman .... hair stylist
Luca Saccuman .... makeup artist
Sue Wyburgh .... make up & hair designer
Wakana Yoshihara .... crowd hair stylist
Wakana Yoshihara .... crowd makeup artist
Production Management
Gail Kennett .... head of production: Granada
Emma Riley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Ackland .... second assistant director
Philip Booth .... third assistant director (as Philip James Booth)
Marco Ciglia .... first assistant director
Art Department
Justin Ackroyd .... dressing props
Miranda Cull .... graphic designer
Tone Gibbs .... dressing props (as Tony Gibbs)
Bruce Gordon .... sculptor
Jim Grindley .... props master
Andrew Lavin .... stand-by art director
David Lewis .... production buyer
Naomi Moore .... art department assistant/runner
Jay Pales .... stand-by props
Spencer Robertson .... art department assistant
Neil Smith .... stand-by props
Mike Syson .... dressing props
Tracey Waller .... graphics
Nigel Woodford .... stand-by chippie
Gus Wookey .... construction manager
Sound Department
Peter Brill .... sound recordist
Tony Cook .... sound maintenance
Matthew Morreale .... sound assistant
Pip Norton .... dubbing mixer
Chris Nuttall .... effects editor
Joseph Paines .... sound assistant
Anna Sulley .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Graham Longhurst .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Jonathan Hills .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Annis .... second focus puller
Catherine Ashmore .... still photographer
Adam Coles .... first assistant camera
Steve Evans .... grip
Jeremy Gee .... camera operator
Jimmy Harris .... electrician
Dean Murray .... second assistant camera
Jay Jay Odedra .... second unit camera: operator (as Jay J Odedra)
Paul Sharpe .... best boy
Sam Smithard .... camera assistant
Aaron Walters .... best boy
Gavin Walters .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natalie Humphries .... costume supervisor
Tracy McGregor .... costume assistant
Philip O'Connor .... costume assistant (as Phil O'Connor)
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... colourist
Mike Curd .... on-line editor
Ed Stevens .... assistant editor
Matthew Streatfield .... first assistant editor (as Matt Streatfield)
Farley Thomson .... post-production supervisor
Music Department
Seanine Joyce .... orchestrator
Steve Parr .... music recording mixer
Transportation Department
Michael Geary .... action vehicle supplier: Motorhouse
David Grose .... transportation captain
Other crew
Zoe Burke .... production secretary
Jane Burrows .... script supervisor
Rachel Davies .... tutor chaperone
Kevin Jackson .... Assistant Head of Drama BBC Northern Ireland
Stuart Jones .... key floor runner
Samantha Murray Brown .... choreographer (as Sammy Murray)
Robbie Rushton .... production runner
Caroline Russell .... production accountant
Joanna Sanders .... assistant production accountant
Mark Walledge .... assistant location manager
Chris White .... location manager
Simon Blakey .... unit runner (uncredited)

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Rated PG for smoking
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Was originally made for as a British TV-Movie, and aired on British Television in Christmas 2007, but got a theatrical release in the states.See more »
Anachronisms: The "ballet shoes" the girls wear throughout the film are far too modern for the era depicted.See more »
[Miss Jay meets Pauline and Winifred after their Alice auditions]
Miss Jay:Well done, you two. Right, Pauline is to play Alice
[pauses as girls gasp]
Miss Jay:and Winifred is to be engaged as understudy.
Pauline Fossil:[starts to say] What?
Winifred:[interrupts] When I finished my dance, people clapped! Nobody clapped her, there was just silence!
Miss Jay:Dance is important, but Pauline looks right for Alice.
Winifred:She looks right for everything, she always will!
[looks at Pauline and murmurs]
Winifred:Pretty face... blonde hair...
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Ballet Shoes: Deleted Scenes (2007) (V)See more »
Begin the BeguineSee more »


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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
TV films like this should really be more well-known., 6 March 2008
Author: Mightyzebra from Scotland

This is a TV film based on the book Ballet Shoes. It is about three adopted girls just after the First World War who all have different ambitions for the future.

This may come as a shocking statement to some, but I think this deserved to be in the cinemas just as much as Spiderman 3, Enchanted and that sort of thing. I like those films as well of course, but this is really something.

I like this for the brilliant acting from Emma Watson etc, the similarity to the Noel Streatfield book, a lot of the humour and the end of the story, it is one of my favourite parts of the film. It may miss bits out from the book, but those bits are the unnecessary parts and the parts left in are well-chosen. I cannot properly explain how and why I like this (the previous part of the paragraph was not totally what I meant), but I just recommend it to anyone who likes the book and people who like Emma Watson.

At the very beginning of the film, a young girl with no surviving relatives other than her uncle, goes to live with him in his huge house of fossils. Her life becomes happier, but it soon turns out to be hard work again when on his travels around the world, the uncle sends her three baby girls. These girls grow up to have bright personalities and mixed interests and talents.

Enjoy "Ballet Shoes"! :-)

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