Fairy Tale: A True Story
is a 1997 film about two young girls, Elsie (Florence Hoath) and her cousin Frances (Elizabeth Earl), who claim to play with fairies. One day, to prove to Elsie's parents that they aren't making it up, the girls take several photographs of them. Shocked, her mother takes the photos to an expert and they are declared genuine. Word gets out, and the girls become instant celebrities and the press and fairy hunters descend on their home.
The film also stars Harvey Keitel
as Harry Houdini
and Peter O'Tool
as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Provides Examples Of:
- Age Lift: Elsie is twelve in the film but was fifteen in real life.
- Based on a Great Big Lie: One of the real girls confessed on her deathbed in the 1980s that they faked the whole thing with paper cutouts.
- The real Frances however maintained that one of the photographs was genuine. She also never denied seeing the fairies.
- Blitz Evacuees: A variation. Although it is set during World War I when there was no Blitz, Frances's situation is quite similar.
- City Mouse: Averted. When Frances comes to Cottingley, the rest of the girls at school are the ones shown as ignorant.
- Fairy Companion: Well duh.
- Growing Up Sucks: Defied by Elsie in her speech at the end.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Billy Mack is Mr Gardener, Lawrence of Arabia is Sir Arthur and [[Alien3 Golic]] is Arthur Wright.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: At Frances's first day of school one of the children asks "if you're from Africa, why do you sound so English?". This is quite close to a famous quote from the movie Mean Girls where a new student from Africa is asked "so if you're from Africa, why are you white?".
- Historical-Domain Character: Both Houdini and Doyle.
- If It Bleeds, It Leads: The character of the journalist desperate to uncover the truth behind the fairies.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Frances and her corporal.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. There's Arthur Wright and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Essentially most of them appear as the standard Winged Humanoid type, though one is shown having a tail like a mermaid and a miniature horse is also seen.
- The Pollyanna: Frances.
- Posthumous Character: Joseph.
- Supernatural Proof Father: Arthur Wright, which is true to real life. He doesn't believe until he sees a fairy at the end.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The film is story of The Cottingley Fairies, which is followed pretty close to fact - except those were fake.
- World War One: The film takes place in England during the war.