Film synopsis

Adapted from Philippa Pearce’s much-loved 1958 children’s classic, Tom’s Midnight Garden is a daring adventure deep into the heart of innocence and childhood imagination.
With his brother Peter enduring the misery of measles at home , 14-year-old Tom Long (Anthony Way) is whisked from harm’s way to live with his Aunt Gwen (Greta Scacchi) and Uncle Alan (James Wilby) in a typical English flat without the benefit of a garden retreat.
Restless and without exercise,  one day Tom makes a remarkable discovery – when, after midnight, Gwen and Alan’s clock strikes thirteen, transforming the squalid alley behind their home into a scenic  wonderland bristling with the promise of adventure. Here he meets Hatty (Florence Hoath), a 12 year old orphan girl who challenges Tom to embark on the journey of his young life.


Running time

93 minutes

Country of origin

UK, USA, Japan

Year of production



Nigel Le Vaillant
Marlene Sidaway
Serena Gordon


Willard Carroll


Charles Salmon, Adam Shapiro