'THE SECRET GARDEN'
JULIE WALTERS AND COLIN FIRTH TO LEAD NEW FILM ADAPTATION
|Colin Firth will be Archibald Craven|
Set in England and based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 book, THE SECRET GARDEN tells the story of Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx), a prickly and unloved 10 year old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents who never wanted her.
When her parents suddenly die, she
is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Colin Firth),
on his remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors. There, she
begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly when she meets her
sickly cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst), shut away in a wing of the
house. Together, the two damaged, slightly misfit children heal each
other, partly through their exposure to a wondrous secret garden, lost
in the grounds of Misselthwaite Manor.
Julie Walters will play Mrs Medlock, the head housekeeper at Misselthwaite. Amir Wilson and Isis Davis will also star.
|Julie Walters will play the headhousekeeper|
IS HANDEL IN 'HALLELUJAH'
|Fiennes will be famous composer Handel|
Set in a riotous 18th century London and Dublin, the farce follows drunk and cantankerous Handel who is a forgotten man to all but his whip smart valet. Worse still, he has lost his inspiration to compose. However, when he overhears the singing of famous actress Susannah Cibber, the composer is moved to write once again and King George II tasks him to create an oratorio to celebrate the new Irish Viceroy in Dublin. Yet, when Handel approaches Susannah with the news, he is shocked to learn that not only does she have a fear of singing in public, she’s also on the run from her vengeful husband. The motley crew travels to Dublin only to realize that London’s gin-soaked alleys are no match for the competing, sectarian politics of Dublin’s choirs, the stupidity of English overlords, and the hypocritical morals of the day. Confronted with these odds, Handel has no choice but to defy his critics and keep going. Show must go on.