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:: I Capture The Castle

From the producer of ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘The Madness of King George’, “I Capture The Castle” is a coming-of-age film set in 1930s England and is based on the novel by the same name by author Dodie Smith who also wrote 101 Dalmations.

Seen through the eyes of 17 year-old Cassandra (Romola Garai) who narrates the film through the writings in her journal, the films tells the story of the eccentric Mortmain family struggling to survive in a rented, dilapidated castle. With crippling debts and a depressed father who has yet to repeat the success of a best-selling novel he had written twelve years before, Cassandra and her older sister Rose (Rose Byrne), their bohemian stepmother Topaz (Tara Fitzgerald), their young brother Thomas (Joe Sowerbutts) and orphaned, unpaid help Stephen (Henry Cavill) live an isolated life completely oblivious to the outside world. When two American brothers, Neil (Marc Blucas) and Simon (Henry Thomas) inherit the family’s castle, the lives of the Mortmains are thrown into disarray at the prospect of finding means to pay their outstanding debts. The innocent existence of the family slowly comes to an end as the sisters experience the emotional realities of life, love and jealousy for the first time.

Shot in Wales, the Isle of Man and London, I Capture The Castle is more than the story of an eccentric family. It is about growing up, losing a mother, coping with a depressed and erratic father, and falling in love for the first time. The film is beautifully acted, with stand out performances by relative newcomer Romola Garai and Australia’s own Rose Byrne, who shows she is well and truly up for future roles as the determined and complex English rose, so look out Kate Winslet!

And one for the ‘where are they now’ files – actor Henry Thomas who plays Simon, one of the brothers who have inherited the castle, played the role of Elliot in Stephen Spielberg’s E.T. all those years ago.