1h 32min | Drama, Fantasy | 2 June 1989 (UK)
Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane present, she is drawn only deeper into a dream turning into a nightmare.
Anna (Charlotte Burke), who is just on the verge of puberty, begins to have strange dreams which start affecting her in real life–especially involving a boy named Mark (Elliott Spiers) who she meets in her dreams.
Very unusual fantasy with some truly terrifying moments. Despite the fact that this is about a teenage girl and has a PG-13 rating, this is NOT for children. Also, if you hate fantasies stay far away. But if you’re game for something different this fits the bill.
Well directed by Bernard Rose with a just beautiful music score and a few nice, scary jolts. The only thing that prevents this from being a really great movie is Burke–she’s not a very good actress (it’s no surprise that this has been her only film) and it hurts the movie. However, everybody else is just great.
Spiers is very good as Mark; Glenne Headley (faking a British accent very well) is also very good as Anna’s mother and Ben Cross is both frightening and sympathetic as Anna’s father.
A sleeper hit when released in 1988, it’s since faded away. That’s too bad–it’s really very good.
Director: Bernard Rose
Writers: Catherine Storr (novel), Matthew Jacobs (screenplay)
Stars: Charlotte Burke, Jane Bertish, Samantha Cahill
Release Date: 2 June 1989 (UK)
Filming Locations: Highgate Station, London, England, UK