FairyTale: A True Story (1997)

Netherlands, USA,
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby Digital, English

A Dutch/American fantasy film directed by Charles Sturridge.

Plot Summary

Two young girls take that seem to show real .


Directed by: Charles Sturridge
© 1997 Anna K. Production C.V.
A film by Charles Sturridge. An Icon Productions/Wendy Finerman production. An Icon Entertainment International presentation.
Executive Producer: Paul Tucker
Produced by: Wendy Finerman, Bruce Davey
Co-producers: Selwyn Roberts, Tom McLoughlin, Albert Ash
Associate Producer: Margaret French Isaac
Screenplay by: Ernie Contreras
Story by: Albert Ash, Tom McLoughlin, Ernie Contreras
Director of : Michael Coulter
Film Editor: Peter Coulson
Music by: Zbigniew Preisner
Sound Mixer: John Midgley
Visual Effects Supervisor: Tim Webber
Digital Visual Effects by: FrameStore
Special Effects Supervisor: Dave Beavis
Costume Designer: Shirley Russell
Hair and Make-Up Designer: Peter King
Prosthetics/Special Make-up: Image Animation
Production Designer: Michael Howells
Casting by: Mary Selway, Sarah Trevis
Filmed on location in North Yorkshire and London and at Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, London, England and Pinewood Studios, London, England

Florence Hoath (Elsie Wright)
Elizabeth Earl (Frances Griffiths)
Paul McGann (Arthur Wright)
Phoebe Nicholls (Polly Wright)
Bill Nighy (Edward Gardner)
Bob Peck (Harry Briggs)
Harvey Keitel (Harry Houdini)
Peter O'Toole (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Anton Lesser (wounded corporal)
Tim McInnerny (John Ferret)
Jason Salkey (James Collins)
Lara Morgan (Jean Doyle)
Adam Franks (Adrian Doyle)
Guy Witcher (Denis Doyle)
Joseph May (Houdini's assistant)
John Bradley (portly gentleman)
Anna Chancellor (Peter Pan)
Leonard Kavanagh (stage manager)
Lynn Farleigh (Mrs Thornton)
Sarah Marsden (Lucy)

Alternative Titles

Cuento de hadas – Spain
Elfy z ogrodu czarów – Poland
O Encanto das Fadas – Brazil
Encuentro fantástico – Mexico
Encuentros fantásticos – Colombia
Fairy Tale – Keijukaisten maailma – Finland
Fairy Tale: A True Story – USA (alternative spelling)
FairyTale – Sweden (video)
Favole – Italy
Fremde Wesen – Germany
Uma História de Fadas – Portugal (video)
Az igazi tündérmese – Hungary
Illumination – working title
Istinita vilinska prica – Bosnia and Herzegovina (Croatian), Croatia, Serbia
Le mystère des fées – Une histoire vraie – France
Le mystère des fées – Canada (French)
Neraido-Istories: Ena alithino paramythi – Greece
Povesti cu zane – Romania
Som i en saga – en sann historia – Sweden (television)
Νεραϊδο-Ιστορίες: Ένα αληθινό παραμύθι – Greece
Волшебная история – Russia
Приказен свят – Bulgaria
フェアリーテイル – Japan

See also
BBC2 Play of the Week: Fairies (1978)
Photographing Fairies (1997)



  • Cinefantastique vol.29 no.6/7 (November 1997) pp.118-119 – illustrated article (FairyTale: A True Story by Dennis Fischer)
  • Cuts no.83 (March 1998) p.12 – illustrated interview with Tim Webber (Believable fairies)
  • Empire no.105 (March 1998) p.50 – illustrated review (New films by Giala Murray)
  • Film and Video vol13 [sic] no.10 (October 1997) pp.43-45, 109 – illustrated interview (International: Fairytale: Icon Productions' New Film by Iain Blair)
  • Interzone no.131 (May 1998) p.28 – review (by Nick Lowe)
  • Screen International no.1055 (26 April 1996) p.4 – article (Golden struck by Pandora fall-out by Colin Brown)
  • Screen International no.1061 (7 June 1996) p.4 – illustrated note
  • Screen International no.1062 (14 June 1996) pp.33, 34 – credits (UK production)
  • Screen International no.1069 (2 August 1996) p.17 – credits (UK production)
  • Screen International no.1076 (20 September 1996) p.1 – illustrated note
  • Screen International no.1132 (31 October 1997) p.19 – credits, review (Reviews by Pamela Cuthbert)
  • Variety 22 September 1997 p.40 – credits, review (Film reviews by Derek Elley)
  • Sight and Sound vol.8 no.3 (March 1998) p.45 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review (Reviews by Rob White)
  • Sight and Sound vol.8 no.5 (May 1998) p.68 – note (Additions and corrections)
  • TV Guide vol.46 no.11 (14 March 1998) pp.28-29 – illustrated review (Well adapted by Moira McCormick)


  • The Films of the Nineties: A Complete, Qualitative Filmography of Over 3000 Feature-Length English Language Films, Theatrical and Video-Only, Released Between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999 by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn L. Nowlan p.184