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Senior Citizen Kane: The Secret Garden

Marc Mundun

Frances Hodges Burnett’s classic story of a young girl discovering a magical, hidden garden has remained a favourite for more than a hundred years. It has been brought to the big screen three times already, and now, a new version directed by Marc Mundun will introduce a new generation to this tale of friendship and discovery.

"A story that will ignite the imagination..."

The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, a headstrong 10-year-old girl, born in India to British parents. Suddenly orphaned, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Colin Firth), on his remote country estate where she is to be looked after by the family maids Mrs Medlock (Julie Walters) and Martha Sowerby. Curious and lonely in the big old house, she tentatively explores and begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly when she meets her sickly cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst), shut away in a wing of the house. Together, the two damaged, slightly misfit children heal each other – partly through their exposure to a wondrous secret garden.

Screenwriter Jack Thorne has made some changes to the classic novel, shifting the story from the Edwardian era to 1947, but the spirit of Burnett’s book remains intact. The Secret Garden is still a story that will ignite the imagination of both adults and children alike.