Ballet Shoes

Ballet Shoes

Director: Sandra Goldbacher Cast: Emilia Fox, Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige
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Ballet Shoes

Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige, and Lucy Boynton headline director Sandra Goldbacher's made-for-television adaptation of author Noel Streatfield's classic novel of the same name. The setting is 1930s London. Orphans Pauline (Watson), Petrova (Paige), and Posy Fossil (Boynton) have all been adopted by eccentric explorer Professor Brown (aka "Gum"), and raised as sisters by Brown's benevolent niece Sylvia (Emilia Fox). Before the three girls get to know their adventurous adoptive father, however, Gum vanishes for over a decade. Though her faithful retainer, Nana (Victoria Wood), does her best to keep the family afloat, Sylvia simply can't keep up with the demands of raising a family, and her health begins to deteriorate. Eventually, faced with dwindling financial resources, she decides to take in lodgers. Those who arrive as household guests include the lively academics Dr. Smith (Harriet Walter) and Dr. Jakes (Gemma Jones), plus curvy dance instructor Theo Dane (Lucy Cohu) and kind-but-pensive Mr. Simpson (Marc Warren). As the nontraditional family begins to see their lives changed by these new arrivals in ways that they never anticipated, Pauline, Petrova, and Posy enroll in the local theater school and set about establishing themselves as stars of the stage. But while Pauline dreams of becoming a world-famous actress and Posy longs to grow into a graceful ballerina, Petrova just wants to take to the sky as an aviator.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2008
UPC: 0741952654599
Original Release: 2008
Rating: NR
Source: Koch Vision
Presentation: [Colorized]
Time: 1:24:00

Special Features

Exclusive interview with Emma Watson; Deleted scenes; Ballet Shoes audiobook excerpt

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emilia Fox Sylvia
Emma Watson Pauline Fossil
Yasmin Paige Petrova Fossil
Lucy Boynton Posy Fossil
Richard Griffiths Great Uncle Matthew
Victoria Wood Nana
Marc Warren Mr. Simpson
Lucy Cohu Theo Dane
Gemma Jones Dr. Jakes
Harriet Walter Dr. Smith
Eileen Atkins Madama Fidolia
Heather Nicol Winifred
Mary Stockley Miss Jay
Teresa Churcher Clara
Skye Bennett Young Sylvia
Peter Bowles Sir Donald Houghton
Don Gallagher Mr. French
Gresby Nash Leopold Neville
Adrian Lester Mr. Sholsky

Technical Credits
Sandra Goldbacher Director
Peter Breenhalgh Cinematographer
Michele Buck Executive Producer
Adam Recht Editor
Kevin Sargent Score Composer
Jeff Tessler Production Designer
Heidi Thomas Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Damien Timmer Executive Producer
Piers Wenger Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ballet Shoes
1. The Fossils [9:09]
2. A Promise to Ourselves [11:51]
3. Audtion [10:40]
4. Pack of Playing Cards [8:14]
5. Hired! [6:29]
6. A Midsummer Night's Dream [6:13]
7. Permanent Wave [5:56]
8. Screen Test [2:46]
9. Ballet Shoes [4:55]
10. Christmas [5:10]
11. Posey [10:30]
12. Names in History Books [1:55]

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Ballet Shoes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ballet Shoes is a truly beautiful movie. Being a fan of the original book by Noel Streatfeild, I was very happy to hear that the BBC was doing an adaptation for television. This is not your typical made-for-TV movie. All the actors and actresses, no matter how brief a role, stand out, especially the lovely Emma Watson and Lucy Boynton as Pauline and Posy Fossil, respectively. They are joined by a cast of other top-notch british actors, including several from the Harry Potter films, namely Richard Griffiths and Gemma Jones. Their performances are superb and lend a perfect theatrical air to the film. The whole package is very authentic 1930's with lavish costumes and scenery. The overall story is faithful to the book, with a few minor improvements. ANYONE who enjoys good family films would like Ballet Shoes, and I strongly recommend it.
NancyLibrarian More than 1 year ago
The book was one of my favorites as a girl, so I was almost nervous as I watched the movie, wondering how much the director would change the story. Of course the story WAS changed, and not for the better, but it wasn't too bad, either. Three foundlings are taken in by an old man who then goes off exploring and leaves his adult niece Sylvia and her former nursemaid to raise the girls. He is missing for many years, and the money he leaves for them to live on runs out, so Sylvia takes in borders, and the girls are sent to Madame Fidolia's Children's Academy of Dance and Stage Training, so that they can begin earning money when they turn 12. Blond and lovely Pauline isn't so keen on dancing, but she is very talented at acting. Russian Petrova doesn't like any of it: dancing, speaking, or singing, but she is grimly determined to try to help Sylvia until she is old enough to become a pilot or a driver, as engines are her delight. Red-headed Posy cares for nothing but dance--ballet--and Madame Fidolia gives her private lessons. But what will happen to each girl and boarder when Sylvia finally has to sell the house and break up the family they have become?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent movie, and very pleased I bought it.
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