R | | Drama, Romance
A love story set in 1930s England that follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle.
Manorbier Castle in Tenby, Wales, which was used for many of the shots of the Mortmain family's castle, had a moat that had not been used for many years. For the shots of Cassandra and Neil swimming in the moat, large amounts of clay were brought in to make the moat watertight. It was then filled from tankers of water brought from elsewhere, because the local water supply could not supply the large amount needed.
I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
When Simon is drinking his tea in the first shot, he receives the cup with his right hand and then turns the handle to actually drink with his left. The handle switches back and forth in subsequent shots.
A final scene after Cassandra's last line shows an older Cassandra carrying a portable typewriter and a manuscript envelope through a large city. She passes Simon in the street, and the two smile at one another before Cassandra turns away to enter a publisher's office. (This ending is an extra on the DVD version.)
$51,970 13 July 2003