A Fairy Story

A Fairy Story


Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

Imagination takes giant leaps to follow the threads in Ben Gooder's charming fairy tale.

Two serparate stories co-exist and cross paths. In one, an attractive girl worries about losing her looks and becoming old. Her fiesty grandmother won't hear of such nonsense and takes her off to the pub, where they win jackpots on the slot machines. Is this about luck? Or counting your blessings?

In the other, a much younger girl comes down to breakfast with a coin the tooth fairy left under her pillow the night before. Mum whispers in dad's ear, "Thank you for remembering." He looks baffled. Later, at school, the girl has an arguement about whether fairies exist.

It turns out that the attractive girl is not an upper-class prostitute, as you suspected at first, but The Tooth Fairy, and her fiesty grandmother, called Madge, is The Fairy Godmother. It's all too magical for words.

The performances from Janet Suzman and Emma Catherwood are enchanting and the production values extremely high. This is a film that benefits from a second viewing. As the confusion of who does what with whom eases, delicate details come to light.

Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2003
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A day in the life of a tooth fairy, who lives in the real world and the fairy world simultaneously.

Director: Ben Gooder

Writer: Ben Gooder, Philip Greenacre

Starring: Janet Suzman, Emmas Catherwood, Emma Hobrough, William Scott-Masson, Kate Maravan

Year: 2002

Runtime: 10 minutes

Country: UK


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