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New Releases. An Angel For May. Description Tam is unhappy at home and often takes refuge in the ruins of Thowt It Farm. But then one day he is transported back to the Second World War. Alone and afraid, he makes friends with May, who has been rescued from a bombed-out house. She tries to persuade him to stay at the farm, but Tam is afraid of being trapped in the past forever. Review Text "An intricate, moving tale" show more. Review quote "Known for his gritty Young Adult realism, Burgess's subject matter can be challenging, but in writing for a younger audience the darker side has been tempered with insight, positivity and hope.
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He has had a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4. He is now regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature. Director: Harley Cokeliss. Writers: Melvin Burgess novel , Peter Milligan. Added to Watchlist Add to Watchlist.
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An Angel for May by Melvin Burgess
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Edit Details Country: UK. Language: English. Budget: GBP1,, estimated.
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Runtime: 95 min. Sound Mix: Dolby. Color: Color. Edit Did You Know? Trivia Initially, during the film production, director Harley Cokeliss and screen play writer Peter Milligan who adapted the screenplay from the novel 'An Angel for May' by Melvin Burgess had maintained the novel's original bleak conclusion. After an ad hoc workshop with his film family, actor Tom Wilkinson urged Cokeliss to come up with an ending in which the character Tom Collins succeeded so the audience could go out feeling positive.
Cokeliss and Milligan thought that was an intriguing idea. As it happened, funding for the film was held up for three months giving Cokeliss and Milligan time to think about the idea and develop a rather powerful ending message. When author Burgess was shown the new ending, he said "I wish I'd thought of that ending" which they thought was very big of him and a great complement. The novel had focused not on changing the past but on returning to change the present.
Alternate Versions Determining an original length of the British film 'An Angel for May' is complicated by its playing on the film festival circuit during the second half of and having an ITV TV release Dec in England without having a theatrical release. PAL video runs at 50 frames per second while film projectors run at 24 film frames per second 48 PAL frames per second. Subtracting the 43 seconds of FFFF video leaves 96 minutes and 33 seconds of original film run-time compared with 99 minutes and 55 seconds of original film run-time in the Guerilla Films PAL format version after the 7 second Guerilla Films video clip is subtracted.
This means at least 3 minutes and 22 seconds of original film run-time in the Guerilla version was deleted from the FFFF version. Feature Films for Families has a reputation for buying distribution rights to family movies and distributing an edited version with segments of any scene or dialogue cut that might cause young children to ask awkward questions of their parents.
One example of FFFF cuts in 'An Angel for May' is an early scene in the police station where year old Tom has been taken by officers who pick him up on the freeway trying to hitchhike to London. The first cut starts just before it would become clear that Tom is talking with someone, an year-old credited as Sniffer who is telling him how to break into homes through open bathroom windows.
This cut runs for 17 seconds until Rosie appears and stares at Tom -- she actually recognizes him as a boy she met in , 50 years earlier, but first-time viewers won't know this. When Sniffer sees she is staring at Tom he says "Oi, Rossie!
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