Her Majesty

Her Majesty

Director: Mark J. Gordon Cast: Sally Andrews, Vicky Haughton, Mark Clare

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Overview

Which is more important -- loyalty to your friends, or making your dreams come true? A young girl is forced to make that difficult choice in this comedy-drama set in the early '50s. Elizabeth Wakefield (Sally Andrews) is a 12-year-old girl growing up in the small New Zealand town of Middleton. Elizabeth is fascinated by her namesake, the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II, and when word gets out that The Queen may be visiting New Zealand, the schoolgirl sparks a letter-writing campaign to invite The Queen to Middleton, with the help of her best friend, Annabel (Anna Sheridan). The good news is that Elizabeth's plan works, and The Queen will indeed visit Middleton, but the bad news is it's not certain if Elizabeth will get to meet her. Elizabeth's father, John (Mark Clare), runs the town's biggest business, a cheese factory, and it looks like The Queen may pay the factory a visit, but Mrs. Hobson (Liddy Holloway), a pretentious sort who heads the ladies' gardening club, believes the local Rhododendron Trust might be a destination more befitting the Royal Family (it doesn't help that Mrs. Hobson has been having an affair with the mayor). Amidst all this confusion, a local eccentric makes her opinions known in a series of public rants -- Hira Mata (Vicky Haughton), a elderly woman of Maori descent who still holds a grudge against the British for the death of her grandfather at the hands of English colonials almost a century ago. Elizabeth gets to know Hira, and comes to the conclusion she's not as crazy as most folks have led her to believe, and she decides to stand by her new friend when Hira Mata is accused of vandalism, even if it might prevent the visit of her beloved Queen. Her Majesty was the first feature film for director Mark J. Gordon.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2013
UPC: 0704400078699
Original Release: 2001
Rating: PG
Source: Giant Ape
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:45:00
Sales rank: 84,344

Special Features

A Royal Good Time: The Making Of "Her Majesty"; Trailer; Previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sally Andrews Elizabeth Wakefield
Vicky Haughton Hira Mata
Mark Clare John Wakefield
Liddy Holloway Virginia Hobson
Craig Elliott Stuart Wakefield
Anna Sheridan Annabel Leach
Alison Routledge Victoria Wakefield
Cameron Smith Ian Dixon
Stuart Devenie Headmaster Stringfellow
David Stott Mayor Wickstead
Geoff Snell Nigel Osgood
Rachel E. Wallis Queen Elizabeth II

Technical Credits
Mark J. Gordon Director,Screenwriter
James D. Brubaker Executive Producer
Walter Coblenz Producer
Lisa B. Gordon Executive Producer
Susan Lyon Hailey Executive Producer
Virginia Katz Editor
Stephen M. Katz Cinematographer
William Ross Score Composer
Susan Lynn Saltz Associate Producer
Kim Sinclair Production Designer
Judith Trye Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Her Majesty
1. Chapter 1 [2:44]
2. Chapter 2 [1:47]
3. Chapter 3 [2:56]
4. Chapter 4 [5:45]
5. Chapter 5 [8:31]
6. Chapter 6 [4:35]
7. Chapter 7 [1:59]
8. Chapter 8 [7:47]
9. Chapter 9 [5:28]
10. Chapter 10 [11:00]
11. Chapter 11 [10:37]
12. Chapter 12 [7:30]
13. Chapter 13 [4:58]
14. Chapter 14 [3:25]
15. Chapter 15 [5:07]
16. Chapter 16 [8:54]
17. Chapter 17 [7:41]
18. Chapter 18 [3:43]

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Her Majesty 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Set in 1953, Her Majesty tells the story of a young, white New Zealander named Elizabeth -- a delightful girl who, when not practicing her steps for her marching team or innocently crushing on her coach, idolizes the queen of England. Upon discovering that the queen is planning a visit to New Zealand, Elizabeth begins a one-girl letter-writing campaign to try to put her rural town on the queen's travel itinerary. Against all odds, Elizabeth succeeds. The town is thrown into a frenzy of preparation and everything is nearly perfect -- except for the eyesore of a house, right at the entrance to the town, inhabited by Hira Mata, an old Maori woman. Reclusive and mysterious, Hira is the object of mean speculation by the townsfolk and a victim of a band of young hooligans, led by Elizabeth's brother, Stuart. Shocked to see anyone treated so cruelly, Elizabeth seeks out Hira to try to make things right. Their first uncomfortable encounter slowly turns into friendship. As Elizabeth grows closer to Hira she learns the cost of befriending an outcast, and proud Hira must wrestle with her own prejudices. Along the way, long-buried town secrets are revealed and threats to Hira and Elizabeth mount as the time of the royal visit draws nearer. What sets writer/director Mark Gordon's film far above most movies is his ability to craft a morally-complex world that manages to maintain a morally-certain center. He also bucks the trend of cultural self-loathing by creating an appreciative world where one need not hate or reject one's own culture to embrace what is beautiful in another's. Finally, there is an overwhelming sense of the ability of truth and grace to triumph over deceit and petty meanness. Her Majesty is beautifully shot and boasts a marvelous score. I saw this film in the theater and it will be a treasured part of my DVD collection.