- Screening Date: 23rd November 2017, 7.15 pm
- Starring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott
- Directed by: Simon Aboud
- Running time: 92 mins
- Rating: PG
** OUR END OF SEASON FILM **
Screening in the Capitaine Bougainville Theatre @ 7.15pm after our Supper Social Event in the Cafler Suite (6pm).
Tickets (film only): $10 members | $15 non-members
COMEDY | DRAMA | MAGIC-REALISM:
There’s nothing normal about Bella Brown [Jessica Brown Findlay]. This contemporary fairy tale has a fantastical ‘Amelie-esque’ sensibility revolving around Bella “the oddest of oddballs”, who is panicked by flora and with a preoccupation for order that would try the patience of a saint. And yet, while she’s considered a strange creature by her curmudgeonly next-door neighbour Alfred [Tom Wilkinson], there’s something likeable about the young library worker who dreams of being a children’s book author. There’s just one problem in Alfred’s eyes though – her wanton neglect for her garden. Best described as a “horticultural graveyard”, a jungle of weeds rule in her backyard.
Already a fractious relationship, the fence-mates’ bonhomie is threatened when Alfred fires his long-serving meals-provider Vernon (Andrew Scott), only for Bella to snap up his services to seemingly spite him. But any sense of satisfaction quickly turns to horror for her as her landlord issues an eviction notice for failing to look after the grounds. Only some quick thinking and Vernon’s encyclopaedic knowledge of tenancy laws earn her a one-month stay of execution in which to find her green fingers.
“At its heart, This Beautiful Fantastic is in love with beauty — both natural and created — as it celebrates flowers and gardens … Wilkinson is terrific as Alfie, and Findlay, Irvine, and Scott are all charming and well suited to their roles”. – Barbara Shulgas – Common Sense Media