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Photographing Fairies (1997)

Photographer Charles Castle is numbed with grief following the death of his beautiful bride. He goes off to war, working in the trenches as a photographer. Following the war and still in ... See full summary »

Director:

Nick Willing

Writers:

Chris Harrald, Steve Szilagyi (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Stephens ... Charles Castle
Emily Woof ... Linda
Ben Kingsley ... Reverend Templeton
Frances Barber ... Beatrice Templeton
Phil Davis ... Roy
Hannah Bould Hannah Bould ... Clara Templeton
Miriam Grant 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 Maggie Wells ... Mrs. Hoopdriver
Richenda Carey ... Fierce Woman
Jeremy Young ... Des
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Storyline

Photographer Charles Castle is numbed with grief following the death of his beautiful bride. He goes off to war, working in the trenches as a photographer. Following the war and still in grief, Charles is given some photographs purporting to be of fairies. His search for the truth leads him to Burkinwell, a seemingly peaceful village seething with secrets where he becomes drawn into a web of passion, romance, and violence. Written by Philip Stanton

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Clive Merrison (Gardner) played Sherlock Holmes many times on BBC Radio 4 dramas. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gardner: Everyone of you here, ladies and gentlemen, has something in common, something that links you to your neighbor. We are all of us searching for a clue that shows us what life truly promises us, for a way of seeing what lies under the simple surface of things. Now recently, we've had continued messages at seances, messages indicating that a visible sign was coming through. Ladies and gentlemen, that sign is here. People talk about the miracle of photography. I'm going to show you a photograph of ...
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Connections

Version of BBC2 Play of the Week: Fairies (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, II. Allegretto
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by The Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted and orchestrated by Terry Davies
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I do believe in fairies! I do! I do!
24 February 2005 | by Monica4937See all my reviews

I was up late one night and this was playing on the Sci-fi channel. I happen to have a fascination with fairies so I figured this would be an interesting film. Indeed I was right The first film I saw pertaining to the story of two young girls photographing fairies was FairyTale: A True Story which was cute but I constantly found myself yawning and wondering when it would end. Photographing Fairies is also about the two girls capturing a fairy in a photograph, but instead of focusing on them the story really revolves around Charles Castle. Toby Stephens (whom most of us know from Die Another Day) plays Castle, a tormented photographer that refuses to do weddings because of a loss he suffered after only one day of being married. He sets out to find the truth, if fairies really do exist, and along the way he ends up discovering a world so precious and sacred that he'd do anything to keep it safe from harm. 8/10


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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1997 (UK) See more »

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