A beautiful new film out of Ireland, The Legend of Longwood, is coming to DVD on June 4 from Shout! Factory, following its appearance at several film festivals in early 2015. An adventure for all ages, the release includes a fascinating behind-the-scenes featurette as a bonus feature.
Crumbling castles, mysterious riddles, frightening spirits, beautiful horses and a plucky, fearless heroine – director Lisa Mulcahy has lovingly burnished the most beloved coming-of-age elements in this “quest” film, set in the starkly beautiful landscapes of rural Ireland, set to music from Brave composer Patrick Neil Doyle.
The film stars Lucy Morton as Mickey Miller, a thoroughly modern 12-year-old American girl whose great love is horses. She has little enthusiasm for her mother’s plan to take Mickey and her little brother to start a new life in a run-down mill she has inherited in Longwood, a windswept Irish town at the end of the world.
Mickey’s presence in Longwood coincides with the return of the Black Knight, a legendary ruler who found no peace after his baby daughter was taken from him, and whose sporadic appearances always mean that something evil is going to happen to the villagers. Mickey hears and sees things that others can’t, and forms an immediate bond with Silver, the proudest, haughtiest, most untamable horse in the stalls of a nearby castle. Realizing that she is directly linked to the story of the Black Knight, Mickey and her new friend Sean set out to redeem the knight to bring lasting peace to Longwood all while she is saving the lives of seven horses and thwarting the evil plans of a greedy, ambitious woman – a mighty handful even for the bravest girl!
The Legend Of Longwood Cast
- Mickey Miller LUCY MORTON
- Lady Thyrza Du Monceau MIRIAM MARGOLYES
- Caitlin Lemon FIONA GLASCOTT
- Marc Du Monceau SÉAN MAHON
- Lisa Miller THEKLA REUTEN
- Séan O’Haron LORCAN BONNER
- Lance Wicklow LORCAN CRANITCH
- Chardonnay Lemon ANABEL SWEENEY
- Collin Wicklow SCOTT GRAHAM
- Ben Saunders BRENDAN CONROY
Shooting Locations: Wicklow/Dublin, Ireland and Germany
Run Time: 99 minutes
When I was growing up as a child I truly loved anything with horses, books, movies, TV shows I loved it all. Now it seems my daughter is following in my footsteps. I found this movie was a great fun, family movie. While my youngest is still not fond of movies that do not involve animation, my oldest daughter was thrilled at the chance to watch a horse movie and especially one that was centered after a girl that was close to her own age.
She was thrilled by movie and the story line and I feel it is probably one of the best horse movies I have seen in a very long time. The story line was great and inspiring and even the small twist of sci fi with spirits, ghosts and legends only served to add to the wonder of a great tale.