FairyTale: A True Story

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
FairyTale: A True Story (1997)

FairyTale: A True Story is an American movie, written by Ernie Contreras and directed by Charles Sturridge, produced by Icon Productions / Wendy Finerman, released on 24 october 1997 (USA), starring Peter O'Toole as Arthur Conan Doyle and Harvey Keitel as Harry Houdini.

The movie is based on a true story where Arthur Conan Doyle was involved. See his articles : Fairies Photographed (1920), The Evidence for Fairies (1921) and The Cottingley Fairies: An Epilogue (1923).





  • Director : Charles Sturridge, Selwyn Roberts (second unit)
  • Screenplay : Ernie Contreras, Albert Ash, Tom McLoughlin
  • Producers : Wendy Finerman, Bruce Davey
  • Executive Producer : Paul Tucker
  • Director of Photography : Michael Coulter
  • Production Designer : Michael Howells
  • Film Editor : Peter Coulson
  • Co-Producers : Selwyn Roberts, Tom McLoughlin, Albert Ash
  • Visual Effects Supervisor : Tim Webber
  • Music : Zbigniew Preisner
  • Costume Designer : Shirley Russell
  • Casting : Mary Selway, Sarah Trevis
  • Associate Producer : Margaret French-Isaac
  • Art Direction : Sam Riley
  • Supervising Art Director : David Lee
  • Set Decoration : Totty Whately
  • Makeup : Nuala Conway
  • Hair Designer : Peter Swords King
  • Unit Production Manager : Jo Burn
  • Assistant Directors  : Micky Finch, Kate Hazell, Russell Channon, Amy Sugdon, Simon Downes
  • Sound Editor : Peter Bond, Sarah Morton
  • Special Effects Supervisor : David Beavis
  • Wardrobe Supervisor : Richard Pointing
  • Aassembly Editor : Richard Milward
  • Music Executive : Halina Laciak

Plot summary

Based on a true story, it follows the adventures of cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths. Brought together by tragedy they lose themselves in the mystical world of fairies and spirits, but when met with a wall of disbelieving parents and adults the girls embark on a mission. Armed with a camera and a determined belief in their supernatural friends, they take a series of photographs that will take the country by storm and propel them on the adventure of a lifetime, introducing them to legendary figures like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini.