Talk­ing sex with Gil­lian Anderson The Witches (1989)

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and her young co-stars have ter­rific chem­istry. Def­i­nitely worth a watch. once again? Only time, and a good Net­flix binge, will tell.

Avail­able now

Roald Dahl’s legacy has had a bit of a rough time lately, with ac­cu­sa­tions of al­leged sex­ism and anti-semitism be­ing raised in Bri­tain.

Leav­ing aside the life of the man for a mo­ment though, there can be no deny­ing that he was one of the best chil­dren’s au­thors of all time, craft­ing tales with a mis­chievous fa­cil­ity that no mod­ern writer of chil­dren’s fic­tion can touch.

His book, of the same name, is about a lit­tle boy on a sea­side hol­i­day who dis­cov­ers a witches’ con­ven­tion plot­ting to an­ni­hi­late chil­dren and is bril­liantly brought to life in this fan­tasy ad­ven­ture by direc­tor Ni­co­las Roeg.

As the high witch, Gal­way’s own An­jel­ica Hus­ton gets a bril­liantly hor­rific Jim Hen­son’s Crea­ture Shop makeover, while Mai Zet­ter­ling is re­splen­dent in laven­der and old lace as the boy’s granny.

Mem­o­rable se­quences in­clude the one in which the boy is turned into a mouse. Chil­dren should hold their par­ents’ hands through some of it — adults of­ten get a bit jit­tery dur­ing this film.

Gil­lian Anderson and Asa But­ter­field in Sex Ed­u­ca­tion

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