The Flame Trees of Thika [DVD] 
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When a young Edwardian family leave the shores of England to build a home in the wilderness of East Africa, what they encounter is beyond their imagination, but remembered forever by their 11-year-old daughter. Based on the celebrated memoir by Elspeth Huxley, The Flame Trees of Thika brings to life the colour and adventure of turn-of-the-century Kenya.
In 1913, Robin and Tilly Grant arrive in Africa with the dream of transforming a barren plot of land into a thriving coffee plantation. But torrential rains, relentless insects and savage animals, along with the natives and other settlers, challenge their ambitions. Will England call them back? Or will the wide-eyed wonder of young Elspeth unlock the mysteries of a foreign land and open the doors into the pleasures and rewards of an exciting new home?
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This adventure builds up gently and lasted us for several hours of entertainment over the holdays and was as good for parents to watch as for children.
The DVD sound and image transfer is good for old TV movie formats.
STILL a big hit at age 10 - it gets a regular watch and also promted a read of the book - which is also fantastic !
How lovely to be able to watch something that you know WON"T contain scenes of extreme violence (it's hinted at sometimes, though) or graphic sex scenes. A refreshing watch that's suitable for the whole family.
I cant get Flame Trees of Thika 2 anywhere on DVD. Does anyone out there know? Amazon cant help me on this one. The only one Ive found is on VHS.
Lovely all round series for the whole family.
The story itself is too good to be true although I have the book to read to see if it matches. I read that Elizabeth Huxley (the Author) did say that her mother Tilly was never as clean as Hayley Mills character portrayed. Perhaps it was the era that the film was made or the budget...who knows.
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