A Pattern of Roses
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Filmed on location in Essex, the setting is a weekend cottage by a lake in winter. This was Helena Bonham Carter’s first film. She was still at school and accompanied a friend to his audition, not thinking that she herself would be cast in one of the lead roles.
School leaver, Tim Ingram, becomes obsessed by the fate of Tom Inskip, a boy who lived in his parents’ weekend cottage just before World War 1. Apart from having the same initials, Tim discovers other disturbing parallels between their lives which bring past and present together in a chilling climax. A Pattern of Roses is a romantic ghost story, unearthing buried secrets as it explores the ups and downs of first love.
Ages 12 and upwards
"A genuine spine-chiller" Daily Mail
Adapted by Joy Whitby from the novel by K.M. Peyton
Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Joe Searby, Suzanna Hamilton and Stuart Mackenzie
Music by Stanley Myers
Directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark
Produced by Tim van Rellim and Joy Whitby
First shown on Channel 4