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The Gatehouse (2016)

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Eternity (aged 10) lives in a haunted gatehouse at the edge of an ancient forest. She likes to dig for buried treasure in the woods, but one day she digs up something she shouldn't and the forest want it back.

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Martin Gooch

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Martin Gooch
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Credited cast:
Scarlett Rayner ... Eternity Winter
Simeon Willis ... Jack Winter
Linal Haft ... Algernon Sykes
Samantha White Samantha White ... Poppy
Vanessa Mayfield Vanessa Mayfield ... Daisy
Sarine Sofair ... Detective Black
Melissa Knatchbull ... Mary
Zara Tomkinson Zara Tomkinson ... Eloise Winter (as Zara Plessard)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anda Berzina Anda Berzina ... Jadis
Stephen Boxer ... The Curator
Andrew Caley ... Mr. Hardware
Tayo Elesin Tayo Elesin ... Postwoman Patricia
Paul Freeman ... Evelyn Eldritch
Martin Gooch ... Ghost Writer
Tom Green ... The Horned God
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Eternity (aged 10) lives in a haunted gatehouse at the edge of an ancient forest. She likes to dig for buried treasure in the woods, but one day she digs up something she shouldn't and the forest want it back.

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Director Martin Gooch and the producer Clare Pearce were introduced by a mutual friend. The producer got the full budget and within 2 weeks of meeting they were in production. See more »

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Perfect Bits in a Flawed Film.
4 July 2019 | by zandertowneSee all my reviews

This is an odd one to review, because I feel like it should be recommended, despite the fact that it's not really more than 60% successful. It is unquestionably flawed throughout and yet worth watching and enjoyable regardless. I felt such a strong respect for not only the bits writer/director Martin Gooch got right, but for what he was attempting during the bits where he failed.

The very young actress Scarlett Rayner is the one element that is perfect from start to finish. And there are some particularly good supporting characters. But a fairy-tale tone in a realistically grounded film is a serious challenge to even attempt, let alone pull off as successively as is accomplished here. Plot holes, underdeveloped character motivations and unjustified behaviors, and, of course, an excessive over reliance on "bad dreams" to add some horror/scary scenes that otherwise serve no purpose except to provide good trailer moments are all here as well. I noticed them. I'm not denying them. And yet... even simply cranking out this review tempts me to watch the film again.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Somerset, England, UK See more »

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2.35 : 1
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