…but not the reality, if my gardening attempts are anything to go by.
There’s a new trailer for The Secret Garden, which – after being bumped around the schedules once COVID hit – is now coming out on Sky Cinema and in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 23 October. The film will also be available on streaming service NOW TV via the Sky Cinema Pass.
By then we will be deep into Autumn and we’ll need the glorious garden scenes, even if they’re now just reminding me of my terrible Lockdown gardening attempts. (In my mind I did indeed see myself running through the grass as flowers popped up all around me. The reality has turned out to be somewhat different, though at least we have plenty of potatoes, the ubiquitous straight-to-video Bruce Willis thriller equivalent in the grow-your-own-veg movement.)
This adaptation has moved the story forward to 1947, post-WW2 and pre-Partition (Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel is set at the beginning of the 20th century).
The Secret Garden tells the story of prickly 10 year old orphan Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx). She’s sent from India to to England to live with prickly old Uncle Archibald Craven (Colin Firth) in his country house, which is so large you can lose a child in it, and with grounds so large you can actually lose a garden.
Mary discovers her unwell cousin Colin, shut away in a wing of the mansion, and also meets local boy Dickon who helps her fix stray dog Hector’s injured leg using the garden’s restorative powers. The three children adventure deep into the mysteries of the garden – a magical place that will change their lives forever.
Watch the trailer and check out images from the film, below:
The Secret Garden: images
Archibald Craven (Colin Firth)
Mary (Dixie Egerickx)
Dickon (Amir Wilson)
Mrs. Medlock (Julie Walters)
Mary (Dixie Egerickx), Colin (Edan Hayhurst), and Dickon (Amir Wilson)
Director Marc Munden and Dixie Egerickx
Mary (Dixie Egerickx) and Dickon (Amir Wilson)
Mary (Dixie Egerickx) and housemaid Martha (Isis Davis)