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Edwardian child Enid Blyton begins to tell stories to her brothers as an escape from their parents' rows before the father deserts the family. Whilst training as a teacher after the Great ... See full summary »

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James Hawes

Writer:

Lindsay Shapero
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Enid Blyton
Matthew Macfadyen ... Hugh Pollock
Denis Lawson ... Kenneth Waters
Claire Rushbrook ... Dorothy Richards
Joseph Millson ... Hanly Blyton
Ramona Marquez ... Imogen
Sinead Michael Sinead Michael ... Gillian
Pooky Quesnel ... Theresa Blyton
Philip Wright ... Thomas Blyton
Lisa Diveney ... Enid (aged 19)
Alexandra Brain Alexandra Brain ... Enid (aged 12)
Samuel Hilton ... Hanly Blyton (aged 8)
James Warner James Warner ... Carey Blyton (aged 4)
Eileen O'Higgins ... Maid Maggie
Gabrielle Reidy Gabrielle Reidy ... Mrs Waters
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Edwardian child Enid Blyton begins to tell stories to her brothers as an escape from their parents' rows before the father deserts the family. Whilst training as a teacher after the Great War she sends her stories to publishers, one of whom, Hugh Pollock,takes her on and also marries her. They have two daughters but Enid is a terrible mother, letting a nanny rear them whilst she, ironically, bestows treats on anonymous children who worship her for her stories. She is completely self-absorbed,driving Hugh to drink and then to another woman. Enid uses the children as emotional blackmail to get a divorce on her terms before marrying Kenneth Waters, a weak man similar to her father. After World War Two she is as popular as ever, despite accusations of using a syndicate to pen her books and will carry on,adored by children who do not know her true nature, for another twenty years and her death in 1968. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Biography | Drama

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UK

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English

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16 November 2009 (UK) See more »

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Den sanna Enid Blyton See more »

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The film had a very tight filming schedule. Helena Bonham Carter was cast just 10 days before shooting began, the movie was filmed in 16 days and edited in eight days. See more »

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[to her father]
Imogen: Do you want to come see our rabbit? We did have two, but Mummy and Uncle Kenneth ate the other one.
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Effective character portrayal
25 March 2010 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about the life of the famous and prolific author Enid Blyton, who wrote over 750 children books.

"Enid" is very powerful in portraying the character of Enid Blyton. Helena Bonham Carter portrays Enid Blyton to be a detached, phlegmatic, rude and deceitful hypocrite. This portrayal is very powerful, and I do hate Enid so much for her unloving ways towards her family. It is so effective, I feel so sorry for the husband and her children. The production is also of great quality, with high standards of costumes, sets and cinematography.

I used to pride myself for having read all the Famous Five books. If this portrayal of Enid Blyton's life is accurate, that I think I cannot put my hands on an Enid Blyton book again.


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