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The Little Match Girl DVD

Michael Custance, 1987

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Film Details

Directed by Michael Custance

Produced in 1987

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

A moving musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's famous yuletide tale, which sees Natalie Morse play the Little Match Girl in Victorian London, Roger Daltrey her boozing father and Twiggy his music-hall singer companion. One of the definitive Christmas stories, this version of The Little Matchgirl features the festive hit 'Mistletoe and Wine', co-written by Jeremy Paul for the stage play, Scraps, on which this production is based, and which became a Christmas hit a year later for Cliff Richard.

Christmastime brings little joy to the poor of Victorian London. Cold and hungry, with no gifts to exchange, they cannot afford to stop work, even on Christmas Day. Life is like that for the Little Matchgirl. She roams the streets selling matches for a penny a bundle, and those pennies have to keep her and her ragged father. They have known better times; but her mother, a singer in the music halls, died when the Matchgirl was very young, and life has since treated her harshly. Then, one day, she strikes one of her matches to keep warm and discovers in the flame a magic world. A world where she can go anywhere, and do anything... even fall in love.

DVD Details

Certificate: TBC

Publisher: Network

Length: 90 mins

Aspect ratio: 4:3

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 7th November 2011

Cat No: 7953598

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