The Little Match Girl (1981)

12m 30
16mm film, Eastmancolor
mono, English

A British puppet animated fantasy film directed by Jan King.

Plot Summary

At a young girl is freezing to death on the city streets but is afraid to go home to her abusive father who will beat her for not selling enough matches. In the glow of her matches she sees a vision of a family enjoying Christmas and of the only person who ever loved her, her late grandmother. As her last match fades away she dies and is taken to Heaven.


Director: Jan King
Centre Film Unit
Short Story: Hans Christian Andersen


Movie Maker vol.16 no.3 (March 1982) pp.166-168 – article