Films & Schedules

  • The Secret of Moonacre

  • Gabor Csupo

United Kingdom/Hungary/France
103 minutes

Production Company:
LWH Films Ltd./Eurofilm Studio/Davis Films
Executive Producer:
David Brown, Simon Crowe, Simon Fawcett, Victor Hadida, Matthew Joynes, Alex Marshall, Jennifer Smith, Kaspar Strandskov
Meredith Garlick, Monica Penders, Samuel Hadida, Michael L. Cowan, Jason Piette
Graham Alborough, Lucy Shuttleworth, based on the book The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
Production Designer:
Sophie Becher
David Eggby
Julian Rodd
Nigel Mills
Christian Henson
Principal Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Dakota Blue Richards

International Sales Agent:
Velvet Octopus

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The Secret of Moonacre, which is adapted from Elizabeth Goudge's award-winning children's book The Little White Horse, is an epic adventure film with a magical heart.

The story follows the exploits of thirteen-year-old orphan Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards of The Golden Compass), whose sole inheritance from her father is a book. This is no ordinary tome, however – in Maria's hands, its ancient story comes alive. The book chronicles an age-old rivalry between the Merryweather and De Noir families over a set of magical pearls, and as Maria delves into the mysterious tale, she finds herself fantastically entangled in the bitter feud.

Left penniless by her father's death, Maria has no choice but to leave the city and live with her taciturn uncle, Sir Benjamin Merryweather, at his isolated country estate in Moonacre Valley. On her way to her new home with her caretaker Miss Heliotrope, Maria's carriage is attacked by Robin, the De Noir family's teenaged son. Although she is unharmed, the incident gives Maria a frightening taste of the animosity between the two clans.

When Maria arrives at the Merryweather property, her uncle spies the unusual book in her possession, and immediately confiscates it. With the help of the estate's resourceful chef, however, Maria relocates the book and continues reading, finally discovering the weight of her responsibility: she has been anointed the last Moon Princess of the valley. It is up to her to find the magic pearls before the next full moon and end the conflict between the two families. If she fails in her quest, the dark curse following the Merryweather family will destroy Moonacre Valley for good. But is this a challenge Maria is ready to accept?

Featuring a strong cast led by veterans Tim Curry, Ioan Gruffudd and Juliet Stevenson, as well as rising star Richards, this latest film from acclaimed director Gabor Csupo (celebrated for Bridge to Terabithia) expertly weaves fantasy, magic, drama and humour into an imaginative and exciting family adventure.

Sprockets Family Zone films are intended for families. This film is appropriate for children ages 8 and up.

Allen Braude

Gabor Csupo was born in Budapest, where he studied animation at Pannónia Stúdió. He formed the respected animation house Klasky Csupo, Inc. with Arlene Klasky in 1981, and subsequently worked on several animated series, such as The Simpsons and Rugrats. His films include Bridge to Terabithia (07)and The Secret of Moonacre (08).

Cadillac People's Choice Award