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Skellig 2009

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Journey into a world of hope and discovery with the sumptuous adaptation of David Almond's acclaimed, award-winning novel. A young boy discovers a strange, winged creature hidden amongst the shadowy cobwebs of his decayed garden shed. Together with his new friend Mina, Michael befriends this extraordinary being whilst his baby sister clings to life in an incubator. But Skellig is far more than he seems and his presence will change Michael's life, and the lives of his family, forever. Featuring an all-star cast, Skellig is a magical and inspiring tale of friendship told with a compassion and sensitivity that won't fail to touch your heart.

Starring:
Navin Chowdhry, Jermain Allen
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Product Details

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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Navin Chowdhry, Jermain Allen, Tim Roth, Edna Dore, Eros Vlahos, Kelly MacDonald, Skye Bennett, Alexander Armstrong, John Simm, Bill Milner
Director Annabel Jankel
Genres Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 27 April 2009
Main languages English

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Having read 'Skellig' as a class novel I showed this DVD to my Year 6 class. I was anxious that the children would miss the sense of mystery and wonderment that the book inspired, but I needn't have worried. A top drawer cast breathed additional depth into the characters, especially Mum and Dad, who are almost marginal in the story. Although some of the special effects were a little creaky, they did not detract from the magic of this quality production. My class simply couldn't get enough of it. I will definitely be using this resource again and thoroughly recommend it for 9-12 year-olds.
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I'd read the book and read it to my sons, and we all really liked it, but I always wonder how a film adaptation will be - they're so often disappointing. This one wasn't.
The film was superbly cast. Tim Roth portrayed Skellig brilliantly, we thought. It was beautifully filmed and enthralling to watch. It is slow moving and low-key, but in a good way; the sort of film that takes time to linger over characterisation and atmosphere, rather than being obsessed with non-stop action. It's strange and magical in the same way the book is.
I actively enjoyed every second of watching the film (I've seen it twice). I'd recommend this to everyone who enjoys quality, intelligent films.
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Producer/ Director Annabel Jankel has done a wonderful job in making this film about a young boy Michael(Bill Milner) who discovers a Birdman/ Angel living in the old shed in the overgrown garden of the "new-home" he and his parents, played by Kelly MacDonald and John Simm,have moved to.
Michael doesn't know or realise initialiy that the man has wings,(he finds this out late into the film) but does think HIM to be strange,different as he eats insects?He senses there is something "special" about him but doesn't know what it is? However Michael befriends him and starts to bring him food and drink. Michael starts a new school and makes new friends.His Mum is expecting a new baby, an addition to the family and his father who works as a cab-driver has his hands-full trying to make the dilapidated new-house comfortable for her return from hospital.
Michael makes a new friend in Mina(Skye Bennett) who he introduces to the Birdman, who declares his name is Skellig!
I am not telling anymore about this very beautiful film suffice to say it has lot's of human touches and shows how good kids adapt to certain situations.Excellent acting all-round, my ONLY wrankle would be MacDonalds NATURAL accent grates on me as it has in every film I've seen her in!
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This is the sort of film that us Brits do well. A mix of real life and a bit of fantasy blended together to make something that manages to be sad and funny at the same time. Special effects might not be up to Hollywood blockbuster standards but they do the job. I would warn that the certificate given by the censors (my copy says PG but some have a 12 certificate) is justified by a few bits that might even make a sensitive adult jump so take care not to let younger children watch it alone.
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I recently read the book of Skellig, which my dad had to force me to do. The book alone took my breath away, but then the film came out. I was skeptical of this at first - perhaps they would ruin the book, a little like The Golden Compass. However, when I sat down to watch it, I realised that it was stunningly beautiful, and extremely well-done. John Simm does a great performance, and, of course, so does Tim Roth. Yet, the performance that stands out the most is that of child actor, Bill Milner. He has, of course, been in Son of Rambow, in which his acting was also pretty good. The film does not stick entirely to the book - a lot more is given away about Skellig, and there is a beautiful scene in which Michael jumps off a tower, hoping that Skellig will catch him.
All in all, this is a well-done film, and, in my opinion, a classic.
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Didn't enjoy the film as much as the book but that is the usual way of things. It was darker than the book and my grandchildren and I found the film a little slow at times. Also Skellig didn' change to the same extent that he seemed to in the book--but that could be our imaginations!
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This is an excellent film that i recommend. My daughter was reading the book in her school. The teacher had a copy of the Dvd, and recommended it. So I bought it from you. I couldn't find it in the local shops. A very enjoyable film to watch.
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The only fault I could find with this movie is that it feels like it is trimmed and linked together from a TV series, and there are sections missing.

However, it is a glorious film, clearly very familiar, even predictable, but with an enjoyable storyline and fantastic performances. Even amongst the brilliant cast, Tim Roth stands out as someone truly exceptional, and the two key teenagers, just sensational; it would have been nice to see a little more of their developing relationship.

Absolutely top drawer family entertainment. A model of how this sort of thing should be done.
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