Classic Tale Ballet Shoes
by Phil Boatwright

Koch Vision releases classic tale on DVD September 2.  Emma Watson, Eileen Atkins, Richard Griffiths, Gemma Jones, Emilia Fox, Lucy Boynton, Yasmin Paige.  Adapted from Noel Streatfeild’s novel.  Directed by Sandra Goldbacher.

FILM SYNOPSIS:  Pauline (Emma Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige) and Posy Fossil (Lucy Boynton) are adopted as infants by eccentric explorer Professor Matthew Brown (Richard Griffiths), whom they affectionately call Great Uncle Matthew (or "Gum" for short).  When "Gum" goes missing, his niece Sylvia (Emilia Fox) keeps the family together by taking in lodgers and eventually enrolls the girls in the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training.  This suits the ambitious Pauline, who longs to act, and Posy, a natural dancer, but Petrova, who yearns to become an aviator, has her own dreams of soaring the skies.  The girls' lives in show business are filled with triumphs and lessons learned until "Gum's" surprise return provides the perfect happy ending for them all.

PREVIEW REVIEW:  This family presentation concerns three orphaned sisters who overcome adversity.  They strive and sacrifice in order to see their dreams come true, while at the same time learning to put others first.  Though slow paced, this English drama contains positive messages and delights.

Rated PG, there is some smoking, common to the day; a couple of scenes feature adults drinking; and there is the discussion of the loss of a parent.

Bonus features include an exclusive 20-minute interview with Emma Watson, deleted scenes, an excerpt from the Ballet Shoes audiobook (read by Elizabeth Sastre) and a limited-edition 9" x 14" mini-poster.  Additionally, the film is presented with optional SDH English Subtitles (for the deaf and hard of hearing).

Additionally, in conjunction with Screenvision, there will be special, limited engagement theatrical play dates across the country beginning August 26.  For ticket and theater information, please visit: http://www.balletshoesmovie.com.