This blog is for English actress, cakemaker and writer Jane Asher, with many pictures and accurate information of one of the most beautiful rock muses from the 20th century.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Dreamchild, 1985

Dreamchild is a 1985 British drama film written by Dennis Potter, directed by Gavin Millar and produced by Rick McCallum and Kenith Trodd. It stars Coral Browne, Ian Holm, Peter Gallagher, Nicola Cowper and Amelia Shankley and is a fictionalised account of Alice Liddell, the child who inspired Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell (the book's inspiration) as an old woman who is haunted by the characters she was once so amused by. As she thinks back on it, she starts to see her relationship with the shy author/professor in a new way and realizes the vast change between the young Alice and the old. Jane Asher as Mrs. Liddell.

The story is told from the point of view of the elderly Alice (now the widowed Mrs Hargreaves) as she travels to the United States from England to receive an honorary degree from Columbia University celebrating the centenary of Lewis Carroll's birth. 

The film evolves from the factual to the hallucinatory as Alice revisits her memories of the Reverend Charles Dodgson (Holm), in Victorian-era Oxford to her immediate present in Depression-era New York.

Accompanied by a shy young orphan named Lucy (Cowper), old Alice must make her way through the modern world of tabloid journalism and commercial exploitation while attempting to come to peace with her conflicted childhood with the Oxford don. 

Photo 1) Jane with Amelia Shankley as young Alice. From an article titled - About Town, Lady Hane group at yahoo!
Photo 2) Lady Jane group at yahoo!
Photo 3) From the internet. If it's yours, drop me a line and I'll give you full credit.
Photo 4) Imogen Boorman (as Lorina), Amelia Shankley, unknown and Jane Asher. From the internet. If it's yours, drop me a line and I'll give you full credit.
Photo 5) Jane Asher, unknown, Ian Holm, Amelia Shankley, unknown. APA Picturedesk.

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