• Film

I Capture the Castle


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.

Release Details

  • Duration:113 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Tim Fywell
  • Screenwriter:Heidi Thomas
  • Cast:
    • 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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