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Ballet Shoes (BBC) [DVD]
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Set in 1930s London, this made-for-TV production, based on the novel by Noel Streatfield, tells the tale of Pauline (Emma Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige) and Posy Fossil (Lucy Boynton), who are adopted by an eccentric explorer, Gum (Richard Griffiths), and raised as sisters by his selfless niece (Emilia Fox) and her nurse (Victoria Wood). Each of the girls has a dream to fulfil; Pauline longs to be an actress, Petrova yearns to be an aviator, and Posy seems born to be a ballerina. But when Gum disappears and the money runs out, the feisty and devoted Fossils find they must fight to survive.
"We three Fossils vow to put our name in the history books, because it is ours, and ours alone, and nobody can say it's because of our grandfathers". With these words, three orphans embark on an exhilarating journey through the world of show business...
Set in 1930s London, Ballet Shoes tells the inspiring tale of Pauline (Emma Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige) and Posy Fossil (Lucy Boynton), who are adopted by an eccentric explorer named "Gum" (Richard Griffiths). Raised as sisters by his selfless niece (Emilia Fox) and her nurse (Victoria Wood), each of the girls has a dream to fulfill: Pauline longs to act, Petrova yearns to be an aviator, and Posy seems destined to become a ballerina. When Gum suddenly disappears, however, the girls are left with no money and it becomes a struggle just to make ends meet. Feisty, ambitious and devoted, the Fossils learn they must fight to survive.
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So it was with bated breath and great expectation that I watched the newly adapted Ballet Shoes on Boxing Day...
I thought the story was fairly true to the book, with the exception of the confusing relationship between Garnie, Theo Dane and John Simpson. In the book, no such relationship was even hinted at as Mr Simpson was married and conducted himself far more as a family friend. Nana and Garnie were very well cast in my view, Richard Griffiths as Great Uncle Matthew was not and didn't seem comfortable in his two cameo appearances. The lodgers however, had far more interaction with the girls in the book than they do in this dramatisation, which was a great shame as much of the girls' characters, such as strengths and weaknesses and aspirations were explored more fully in their relationships with these 'extended family' members.
Some parts of this drama were too modern for me; Garnie never would have given way in front of the girls the way she (Emilia Fox) portrayed. The girls in the book were brought up well and did not need such obvious indicators to gauge that all was not well. The individual selfishness and tendency to tantrums evident in the book had consequences for the girls that taught them valuable life lessons yet this wasn't very clear in the dramatisation and therefore the girls appeared slightly 'brattish' at times, particularly Posy during the illness of Madame Fidolia.
I think the producers of this dramatisation frantically tried to pick up all the individual pieces of the book and tethered them together as best they could.Read more ›
The original book was so dense in building the story of the 3 girls and the extended family in the house with Garnie, Nana, and the boarders (each with their own distinct personality), that it seems almost impossible to adapt to the screen -- so it's understandable that any adaptation is going to have to cut some major parts of the book. The good news is that this production is very good looking, and Emma Watson is luminous as Pauline. Set design, costumes and lighting are all much more professional than the first screen version, and the casting is mostly decent.
This latest adaptation gets the basics of the girls right -- with Petrova being the most grounded and least interested in a performing career, Pauline a natural for the stage (but also ambivalent at times) with talent and stage presence, and Posy with the most raw talent as a dancer. The story is nicely set up at the start, as Gum is shown dropping off the 3 girls while in the midst of numerous travels...and then Gum reappears toward the end, revisiting the house as it is going to be sold and seeing "his girls" all grown up and heading in different directions.
However, the beauty of the interaction and growth of these 3 wonderful girls is mostly lost in this translation of the book. In particular, Petrova gets short shrift, while Posy mostly comes across a brat.Read more ›
Firstly, the concept is lovely. Three girls wanting to put their names in the history books, and by using their talents, manage to put money together to look after their guardian. It's a truly delightful story, and the casting was excellent. I was eager to see Emma Watson in her first role outside Harry Potter, and had preconceptions of what she was going to be like. However, I was pleasantly surprised by her acting, and was not at all Hermione-ish as I expected. The other two girls were delightful too. Yasmin Paige outshone both as the mechanical enthusiast Petrova Fossil, and Lucy Boynton played the wonderfully cheeky Posy.
All the adult characters were well cast, and my two cousins (aged 12 and 9) loved every moment of it. Both of them could easily relate to the girls, and the older members of my family loved the more mature storyline of Mr. Simpson and Sylvia Brown.
All in all, this is an enchanting story and the production itself is wonderful. I'm sure people of all ages, and especially young girls, will enjoy this film very much.
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A perfect adaptation of Noel Streatfield's classic children's book. The casting couldn't have been better! The period detail was superb and I enjoyed every aspect of it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rosemary
Bought it for my granddaughter who loves ballet but is at the moment a little too young to read the book yet, but I have read it and enjoyed it very much.Published 2 months ago by aila johnston
I loved this as a child and now my granddaughter loves it tooPublished 2 months ago by wannabe traveller
My granddaughters can't get enough of this film and ask to see it every time they come and stay. It has alot in it to discuss afterwards - sibling rivalry, jealousy, poverty,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ECD
I enjoyed this film. Friendly relaxing film with fun parts with a good story line and good cast line up.Published 3 months ago by Crafty Sharon