Tom's Midnight Garden is the magical tale of a young boy who is transported to a mysterious world of times past.
14 year old Tom is sent to stay with his Aunt and Uncle for the summer to avoid catching measles from his brother. One night, on hearing the grandfather clock strike 13, he sets off to explore and discovers the house has been transformed. He investigates further and opens the door to a magical, sunlit garden of a bygone age where he meets Hatty, a young orphan girl, and begins an incredible adventure.
Based on Philippa Pearce's timeless fantasy, Tom's Midnight Garden stars Greta Scacchi, James Wilby and David Bradley who later starred as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter series.
Tom's Midnight Garden
is a charming adaptation of Philippa Pearce's children's story
. It's the 1950s, and young Tom Long (Anthony Way) is sent to stay at the house of an Aunt (Greta Scacchi) and Uncle (James Wilby) while his brother is poorly. All seems drearily disciplined until the downstairs grandfather clock strikes 13, and Tom discovers a secret garden of enormous size. There he meets a girl named Hatty (Florence Hoath), who seems to be both a part of and the answer to the magical mystery. Through the changing seasons the garden ages, and so does Hatty. Eventually all is revealed: the importance of a tree struck by lightning, the reclusive landlady in the attic (Joan Plowright), and the present-day setting of the film's opening with a grown-up Tom watching the house being torn down. Some amusing computer trickery allows for the redecoration of the house each time Tom travels in time, and also allows him to pass through solid objects in supernatural fashion. All of which makes the movie a visual feast for children. Although adults will think it rather stiffly directed, the poignant tale about what happens to memories and friendships as we grow old shines through, helped immensely by composer Debbie Wiseman's luminous music score. --Paul Tonks
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