Fairy tale a true story is a beautiful
film. It’s based the real life story of two girls who claimed to have fairies at the top of their garden, which they
managed to take photos of.
Florence Hoath and Elizabeth Earl play
Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths
Elsie lives in Yorkshire with her mum (Pheobe
Nicholls) and dad (Paul McGann) and her cousin Frances comes to stay while her dad
is away at war. Elsie teaches her all about the fairies, what their names are, what they eat and how to summon them. When
Mr Wright gets a camera the girls take pictures and become very famous. So famous they are taken to London to meet Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle. In real life these photo’s fooled
everyone, in the film, the fairies are disturbed by everyone trying to find them and have to leave. It is only at the end
they return as finally Frances’
father returns home.
It’s such a beautiful film that it’s
nearness to the truth does not matter. The two leads are brilliant. Florence’s dialect
is spot on and Elizabeth is really sweet as Frances,
especially when she meets the war damaged colonel (Anton Lesser). Florence
plays Elsie with immense maturity that she shows throughout her career.
When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva (Miine Driver) violently dies, she decides to pass herself
off as a gentile and finds employment with a family in faraway Scotland. Soon she and the family father, Charles (Geoffrey
Rush) start a passionate secret affair.
Also starring Harriet Walter and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
(Synopsis stolen from imdb.com)
Florence plays Clementina, the daughter of Sir Charles and in the charge of Miss Blackchurch (Rosa under
an assumed name) She is a very morbid child practically ignored by her family and promptly brough into shap by Rosa. Once
again playing an upper class child who is all innocence and light Florence was really on form in this otherwise less than
Tom's Midnight Garden
Tom's brother is unwell and to stop Tom catching the Scarlet fever he is sent to stay with his aunt and uncle who live
in a house which used to be huge before it was turned into flats. Tom wakes up in the middle of the night. Hears the clock
strike midnight and then one more. suddenly the whole house has changed and there are people and a garden. The people can't
see him - except for Hattie. She's a young girl who spends a lot of time in the garden.
Florence plays Hattie and gives one of the best performances of this adaptation. It's pretty but not as enchanting as
the book (or the play). Florence is suitably cute but adventurous and the part doesn't require much strain - not considering
the parts she played when she was much younger.
The Cazalet Chronicles
The story is about all the different generations of the Cazalet Family during pre and during World War Two. The
Cazalet family, headed by Kitty and The Brig have three sons and two daughters. All the sons have families of their own. So
many of the family members take shelter in the country house rather than stay in London.
Florence plays Clary Cazalet. Eldest child of Rupert Cazalet (Paul Rhys). Rupert is the youngest of the Cazalet brothers
and his wife (Clary's mother) has died. Rupe has re married Zoe (Joanna Page) who is a funny girl - not yet suited to
taking over the mothering of Zoe or Neville (wonderfully played by Alex Pownall)
When we first meet Clary she is a difficult child battling with Zoe for her father's attention. She doesn't get on with
her other cousins Polly and Louise. They think she is childish and she's not keen on them. As the story elapses, she grows
up, still wanting to be a writer, but being more and more effected by the reality of war when her Darling Dad is missing in
France. She looses all hatred for Zoe, even helping with the new baby and grows into a mature responsible young woman.
The story supposedly goes over ten years. So Florence has to portray the character growing up in stages
throught episodes, and with the help of subtle costume and make up changes and of course acting skills. Clary starts off as
a child and she really does blossom - one of the 'growing up scenes' occurs aound her first scones!
This is a really good character portrayal and you can really see what makes Clary tick. The whole production is worth
Back to the Secret Garden
"The sequel to The Secret Garden."
Lizzy Buscami is an american orphan who is chosen by the now grown up Mary Craven to come back to Mistlethwaite manor
in England for a year.
Mistlethwaite has been turned into an orphange - for the kids made orphans during the war.
Among the orphans are book worm Robert (Aled Roberts) Steven(Justin Girdler) and compulsive liar and manipulator
Geraldine (Florence Hoath)
A great role for Florence. She's so good at being charming but actually feeling completely different. Geraldine
lies her way round corners! The film isn't exactly brilliant - especially if you know the actual secret garden films then
you'll be shouting at the screen, However, if you seperate it completely from The Secret Garden is a charming little unoffensive
The Doctor and Rose have reached Britain
and it's World War Two. There's a strange unexploded thing and a strange but attractive American! What adventure will they
Florence played Nancy an East End
plaited hair gal looking after the waifs and stray orphans of world war two. Wen dey iz droppin na bombs on landan!!!
The whole plot is about gross mutating
particals that go round ‘curing’ humans but actually the just turn them into gas masked zombies types. And Nancy is the key to the whole thing!
seen Florence play a cockney. It’s either been Yorkshire accent or RP so it’s good to hear her vocally different. The poor girl must be sick
of pigtails though. She’s the same age as Billie Piper and yet put togther the age difference looked vast, which actually
is another key ploy point!!