I Capture the Castle

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

Dodie Smith's endearing heroine Cassandra Mortmain, a girl on the brink of womanhood, resides with her eccentric family in a dilapidated Suffolk castle, and details their impoverished, unconventional life in her journal. Romola Garai's Cassie is a memorable combination of pragmatism, youthful awkwardness and wistful fascination with the adult world. She carries the film, but what else is there? Nighy as the grumpy, distant father, a once-acclaimed writer struggling to start his second book; Fitzgerald as bohemian stepmother Topaz, a former artist's muse; plus an Austen-style narrative involving elder sister Rose and a wealthy American and his brother - the heirs of the castle, who come to stay on the estate. Could they be the answer to the family's problems? A BBC co-production with all the right credentials, this is an entertaining enough 1930s period piece, pretty in a 'dappled golden light and Debussy' way, gently humorous in places, and with a broader appeal than just the teenage girl market. But it rarely looks or feels like big-screen material.

By: KW


Release details

113 mins

Cast and crew

Tim Fywell
Heidi Thomas
Marc Blucas
Rose Byrne
Sinéad Cusack
Tara Fitzgerald
Romola Garai
Bill Nighy
Henry Thomas
David Bamber
Henry Cavill
James Faulkner
Sarah Woodward
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