THE GOLDEN COMPASS - A New English Film
Release date December 7, 2007
It was no ordinary life for a young girl: Living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford’s motley streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra’s greatest adventure would begin closer to home, the day she heard hushed talk of an extraordinary particle.
Microscopic in size, the magical dust - found only in the vast Artic expanse of the North - was rumoured to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes. But there were those who feared the particle and would stop at nothing to destroy it. Catapulted into the heart of a terrible struggle, Lyra was forced to seek aid from clans, gyptians, and formidable armoured bears. And, as she journeyed into unbelievable danger, she had not the faintest clue that she alone was destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.
The movie is an adaptation of the Carnegie Medal-winning novel by Pullman, the first volume in the ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy. In a parallel Oxford, young Lyra Belacqua begins a dimension-crossing odyssey that builds from a merely atypical children’s adventure into a complex - and frequently quite dark, philosophical epic.
Nicole Kidman Marisa Coulter
Daniel Craig Lord Asriel
Dakota Blue Richards Lyra Belacqua
Ben Walker Roger
Ian McKellen Iorek Byrnison (voice)
Eva Green Serafina Pekkala
Jim Carter John Faa
Charlie Rowe Billy Costa
Clare Higgins Ma Costa
Directed: Chris Weitz
Writing credits: Philip Pullman
(novel “Northern Lights” also released as “The Golden Compass”)
Chris Weitz (screenplay)
Original Music: Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography: Henry Braham
Film Editing: Anne V. Coates
Casting: Lucy Bevan