Mary and the Witch's Flower (U)

Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Animation/Adventure/Family

Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds and far away to Endor College - a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and, when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right.

Starring Voices include: Jim Broadbent and Kate Winslet

Flicks Advisor (comments from our film promoters)

A lovely animation a beautiful story well worth watching.

Charming Japanese anime film, cross between The Secret Garden and Harry Potter with inventive, fantasy landscapes and creatures. Of special interest because the filmmakers came to area around Leintwardine to get inspiration so landscape and buildings uncannily familiar. Comments from kids: 'It had a good story'; 'I loved it so much'; 'It was too loud but I loved it'; 'It was a great movie'.