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East of Kensington (2012)

Years after Peter Pan and the Lost Boys have overthrown the pirates, Peter visits London to return Wendy to Neverland and is kidnapped by a mysterious Stranger residing in the decaying ... See full summary »

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Kellen Moore

Writers:

Kellen Moore (story), Kellen Moore
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Credited cast:
Jack Griffo ... Peter Pan
Time Winters ... Michael Darling
Kelsey Lee Smith ... Wendy Darling
Astrid Vineyard Astrid Vineyard ... Mary Darling
Austin James Wolff ... John Darling
Brandon Hender Brandon Hender ... Young Michael Darling
River Alexander ... Slightly
Cooper Brown Cooper Brown ... Bigs
Sean Ryan Fox ... Tootles
Brady Ecklund Brady Ecklund ... Curly
Grant Rudolph ... Nibs
Davis Desmond ... Nibs' Twin (voice)
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Andrew Barkan Andrew Barkan ... (voice)
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Years after Peter Pan and the Lost Boys have overthrown the pirates, Peter visits London to return Wendy to Neverland and is kidnapped by a mysterious Stranger residing in the decaying remains of the Darling House. Peter is forced to confront a harsh reality that challenges his innocence. East of Kensington takes a dark introspective look into JM Barrie's classic story. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Orange, California, USA

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Engagingly dark riff on Peter Pan
30 March 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

The film starts out on familiar territory – Peter Pan with his Lost Boys in Neverland playing their games and having fun. Peter decides he will go to bring Wendy back to give his boys a mother figure but, when he arrives back in London, an encounter with an adult makes him face the bigger picture of the life he lives with others.

The idea behind the short film is reasonably simple and can be arrived at if you have a cynical edge to the basic details of who Peter is and what the rules of his world would mean to real people. This is not arrived at instantly but is developed very nicely across the film so that we come to understand the stranger and ultimately feel for him, which is the journey that Peter is on too. It is nicely dark and I liked very much that it did it in a realistic manner while still keeping in connection with the character and the world so that it never felt like an overly modern take but rather just a truth that hadn't been said before. The direction keeps close to the action in atmospheric sets, with good performances from Griffo, Winters and Smith; they convince and bring out the darkness well.

Overall this is an engagingly dark film that doesn't ever stretch to make it that way. It is a twisted view on a famous story but it is one that rings true and plays the tragic aspect out really well.


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