Talking sex with Gillian Anderson The Witches (1989)
and her young co-stars have terrific chemistry. Definitely worth a watch. once again? Only time, and a good Netflix binge, will tell.
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