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Noel Streatfeild (novel)
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Release Date:
26 December 2007 (UK) See more »
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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 Sanders .... 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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Based on the book by Noel StreatfeildSee 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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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Sweet and Charming Little Film, 3 February 2008
Author: bondgirl6781 from Florida, USA

It is a rare treat to view a film like "Ballet Shoes." It's one of the those films where everyone has a piece of the cake of a happy ending but more importantly the film steers away from fluffy clichés and mushiness. The story takes place during the 1930s in a small house in London. Sylvia Brown (the luminous Emilia Fox), the niece of eccentric, traveling paleotolongist Great Uncle Matthew aka "Gum" who brings along from his travels three orphaned baby girls and it is Sylvia and her plucky Nana (Victoria Wood) that raise the three girls who grow up into fine young ladies with dreams and aspirations. The eldest is Pauline (Emma Watson aka "Hermoine Granger") dreams and aspires to be an actress, Petrova (Yasmin Paige) is the tomboyish one of the three and wants to become an aviator, and finally, Posy, the youngest and boldest one of the three has ambitions to become a ballet dancer. But this small family are facing harsh financial times and set their house for room and board. Enter the tenants that impact the girls' and Sylvia's lives: Mr. Simpson (the expressive Marc Warren), a man with a tragic past but a keen interest in cars and airplanes. He is someone Petrova can talk to; The retired scholarly professors Drs. Jakes and Smith (Gemma Jones and Harriet Walter) who take on the task of tutoring the girls; Theo Dane (Lucy Cohu), a professional dancer and actress, who makes the most profound influences on Pauline and Posy. The film tells how the girls struggle with Sylvia to save their home and at the same time pursue their dreams. To add to their struggles, Sylvia is ill and the girls do all they can to provide for her as well. The words I have to describe this little gem are charming and smart. With a wonderful cast delivering equally endearing performances. Emilia Watson is as always lovely and sweet as Sylvia a woman who selflessly gives and gives without ever once asking for repayment with Victoria Wood as Nana providing as a strong front for her and the household. The girls are wonderful: Emma Watson as Pauline is wonderful. She proved me wrong that she really can act and she definitely is more than the Harry Potter franchise. This is a performance that will hopefully carry her even further. Yasmin Paige as the big hearted and adventurous Petrova is a star in the making. Every scene she conveys such honesty and most of all she is real. Lucy Boynton as Posy is very lovely. She brings her character to life as the bold and daring young lady with such grace and maturity. Her scenes with Eileen Atkins, who plays Madame Fidolia a Russian dance instructor and head of a prestigious dance school, are wonderfully done and acted together. The film is sweet, smart, wonderfully acted and written without the added fluff and mumbo jumbo of made for TV films. The only tragedy was that this film wasn't released in the U.S.A theatrically or at least on HBO. This is a little gem I hope to own on DVD.

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