Pauline (Emma Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige), and Posy Fossil (Lucy Boynton) live with Sylvia Brown (Emilia Fox), their guardian. Money is tight and as the story opens, three boarders - a garage owner, a retired English professor, and a dance teacher - come to stay. Theo Dane (Lucy Cohu), the dance teacher, has the girls accepted at her school by the formidable Madame Fidolia (Dame Eileen Atkins), and the three go on stage to help raise money. Each discovers her talents - Pauline as an actress, Petrova in fixing engines, and Posy as a dancer.
Dreams do come true...
Did You Know?
According to an interview on the DVD, the three-year-old Pauline Fossil was played by Emma Watson
's twin half-sisters. See more
The evening before Petrova and Pauline's early morning audition, Nana says she can't make new dresses for them, because she has no fabric. Petrova offers to pay for new fabric, and so we see the girls attend the audition in their new dresses. But how did Nana have time to buy the fabric, fit and sew two dresses overnight? See more
[Miss Jay meets Pauline and Winifred after their Alice auditions
Well done, you two. Right, Pauline is to play Alice
[pauses as girls gasp
and Winifred is to be engaged as understudy.
[starts to say
When I finished my dance, people clapped! Nobody clapped her, there was just silence!
Dance is important, but Pauline looks right for Alice.
She looks right for everything, she always will!
[looks at Pauline and murmurs
Pretty face... blonde hair...
Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries
Music by Ray Henderson
and lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
and Lew Brown See more