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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 »

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Nick Willing

Writers:

Chris Harrald, Steve Szilagyi (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Elfengarten See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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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A Darker, Metaphysical Take on FAIRY TALE: A TRUE STORY
19 December 1998 | by lydiaSee all my reviews

A darker, more metaphysical take on FAIRY TALE: A TRUE STORY which came out also in 1997. Where FT is suitable for older kids, this one certainly is not. This film features many of the same characters as FT, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, two cute little girls, and the Theosophical Society, and theme, we are taken on a very dark journey that explores use of halluciongenic plants as a way to view the fairy folk. There are no fairy tale happy endings here.

Go ahead and rent this film and FT. Let your kids enjoy FT, and after you tuck them into bed, watch PF and spend the rest of your evening comparing and contrasting the surprisingly similar and strikingly different films..


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