Photographing Fairies (1998)

Photographing Fairies




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Movie Info

Featuring neat special effects, this romantic fantasy is loosely based on the story of the Cottingley Fairies, a tale of two cousins who, in 1917, swore that they had photographed the magical wee folk dancing in their garden. The story the girls told captured the war-weary imagination of Britishers everywhere. That the girls later admitted it was all a hoax, didn't matter much to "true believers" of fairy and magic books. This tale, like the original story, is set in the British countryside but … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Nick Willing, Chris Harrald
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 17, 1998
Universal Pictures


as Charles Castle

as Linda

as Rev. Templeton

as Beatrice Templeton

as Anne-Marie

as Sir Arthur Conan Doy...

as Clara Templeton

as Ana Templetion

as Gardener
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Critic Reviews for Photographing Fairies

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Marred by an uninvolving, foggy script that aims to tackle other issues, including postwar loss of faith and hope, and by some eccentric characterizations, notably by Ben Kingsley.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A fresh, rewarding film, intelligent and very beautiful.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

First-time director Nick Willing can't seem to figure out what to do upon finally reaching fairyland, and thus Ben Kingsley's sketchy character arbitrarily mutates into an ill-motivated antagonist.

Full Review… | July 3, 2015
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's imaginatively shot and features some nifty special effects.

Full Review… | July 3, 2015
Radio Times

A quiet, stately little film, with a handful of brilliant sequences, an intriguing premise and solid performances all down the line.

Full Review… | August 8, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's intelligently directed by Willing (who virtually commands the audience to think about the spiritual and philosophical issues being raised), but it's carried by Stephens who manages to suggest someone emotionally stunted yet massively passionate.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Photographing Fairies


I honestly had no clue what to expect from a movie with such a strange name, but was pleasantly surprised. The cinematography is amazing (right from the opening credits), and the story is captivating from start to finish, accompanied by a haunting soundtrack.

Gabriel Knight

An excellent film! It is about a man who loses his wife early on, in the film and in their marriage. And he spends the rest of his life wondering "..what am I supposed to do with the rest of my life?". And it truly is an excellent piece of work. Johnny Depp certainly would have been an excellent choice for the lead role but, that would have increased the # of ppl who would come to see the movie, not much else. And how Flixster overlooked Harvey Keitel is a typical Flixster screw-up but, then again Flixster is a joke!

The ending makes me wonder...

This movie might have started a bit slow and my personal choice would have been Jonnie Depp as the leading role, but none of those things can be held against this impacting movie. To not give up the story I will say it delighted, angered, shocked and tickled my fancy. The story was fresh and unpredictable and the actors delightfully convincing....

darla catoe

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