Film enthusiasts are probably familiar with previous versions of this engaging story, which is based on the popular novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The book was first published in 1911, after serialization in The American Magazine. Set in England, The Secret Garden is considered a classic of English children’s literature, with themes about nature, discovery and renewal that are equally appealing to adults.
Children Restore a Hidden and Overgrown Garden
The story follows a young orphan girl who, after being sent to live with her uncle, discovers a magical garden on the grounds of his estate. The garden has fallen into disrepair and is hidden under a tangle of weeds and overgrowth until several children restore its former glory–and experience personal transformation during the process.
Several stage and film adaptations have been made including one with Maggie Smith in 1993. Agnieszka Holland directed this version.
New Movie From STXFilms Features Outstanding Cast
Set in England during a new time period in 1947, the 2020 version of The Secret Garden from STXFilms features an outstanding cast including Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Dixie Egerickx. Marc Munden is directing the script, which was adapted for the screen by Jack Thorne. David Heyman (Harry Potter franchise, Paddington 1,2) and Rosie Alison (Paddington 1,2) are producing, and Jane Robertson (The Danish Girl, Bridget Jones’s Baby) is co-producing. StudioCanal’s Ron Halpern, Didier Lupfer and Dan MacRae are executive producers. STXfilms will distribute THE SECRET GARDEN in the United States and Canada.
Compelling Themes in The Secret Garden
Why do you think this story captures the interest of children as well as adults? How does The Secret Garden reflect your own experiences trying to transform an overgrown area into a personal retreat? In what ways do you specifically relate to the themes of finding peace, tranquility and renewal in nature?
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