UK:"THE BORROWERS", THE STORY OF LITTLE PEOPLE LIVING UNDER A FLOORBOARD, HAS ITS UK PREMIERERecord ID: 387374
- Title: UK:"THE BORROWERS", THE STORY OF LITTLE PEOPLE LIVING UNDER A FLOORBOARD, HAS ITS UK PREMIERE
- Date: 2nd December 1997
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (DECEMBER 2, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) ( * BEWARE FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **) EXTERIORS TO ODEON CINEMA IN LEICESTER SQUARE PEOPLE STANDING WITH UMBRELLAS POSTER FOR BORROWERS FILM ACTORS JON GOODMAN AND CELIA IMRIE ARRIVING ACTOR HUGH LAURIE ARRIVING (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) FLORA NEWBIGIN TALKING OF HER ROLE SAYING, "WELL ARRIETTY GETS STUCK IN THE FREEZER AND SHE GOES IN TO GET LOTS OF ICECREAM AND ACTUALLY WHEN WE SHOT THAT I WAS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT I THOUGHT YEAH GET TO EAT LOTS OF ICECREAM BUT IT WAS INSTANT MASH POTATO WITH CHOCOLATE SAUCE AND IT WASN'T THAT NICE." (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) TOM FENTON SAYING, "A VERY SMALL PERSON ABOUT THAT HIGH FOUR INCHES, AND HE JUST GOES ROUND, THEY STEAL THINGS BUT WE SAY THEY BORROW. MY FAVOURITE MOMENT IS WHEN I FALL OFF A TRUCK INTO THIS GIANT DOG POO WHICH IS SORT OF A MELTED MARS BAR,ITS NOT VERY NICE." (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) JIM BROADBENT /MR BORROWER SAYING, "IT'S JUST A GREAT STORY A REALLY EXCITING STORY JUST THE IDEA OF BEING THE BORROWER I COULDNT IMAGINE WHAT IT WAS LIKE AND NOW I KNOW, IT WAS GREAT FUN." (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) JOHN GOODMAN, "THE DAMN PAYCHEQUE IT WAS JUST A LOT OF FUN THE SCRIPT WAS GREAT THE PEOPLE , EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL ABOUT IT IT WAS A NO BRAINER."
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- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM AND FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: United Kingdom
- Duration: 00:01:38
- Story Text: If you've ever lost a sock, misplaced a pen or piece of jewellery and wondered where on earth these items could have gone, then look no further, there's a simple explanation, go and see the film, "The Borrowers." It held its premiere on Tuesday (December 2) in London's West End with most of the film's stars turning out for the occasion, including American actor John Goodman.
Set in an imaginery world, the film follows the adventures of the four inch (10cm) "Clock" family who live under the floorboards of a life-sized house and "borrow" what they need from the occupants to survive.
Parents Pod (Jim Broadbent) and Homily (Celia Imrie), their fearless daughter Arrietty (Flora Newbigin) amd her younger brother Peagreen (Tom Felton) must keep their existence secret in case they are found by human 'beans'.
They're known to live resourcefully: by their wits and their 'borrowed' articles.
Disaster strikes the family when they discover that the 'human bean' family who live upstairs are moving out. Great Aunt Mary who had owned the house, had died though no will and testament could be found to prove she had left it to her relatives.
The nasty local lawyer (John Goodman) decided the shrewdest manoevre to make would be to demolish the house and put the site on the market for development.
The "Clock" family are forced to move out from underneath the floorboards to escape death but subsequently discover the aunt's will and realise that the lawyer is trying to pull a fast one.
"The Borrowers" combines the spirit of the popular stories (written over 30 years from the early 1950's to the 1980's) by Mary Norton, with state-of-the-art visual effects.
Many of the scenes were filmed using massive props, to make the actors look small.
Nine year old actor Tom Felton said that was what he liked most about the film.
"My favourite actor moment was when I fall off a truck into this giant dog poo, which is sort of a melted mars bar", he said.
Hugh Laurie who plays Officer Steady in the film said it was the first time he'd played a "goodie" and that it was a very satisfying thing to do.
The director Peter Hewitt is known for directing "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey" with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter.
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