Never Never Land (film)
|Never Never Land|
Petula Clark and Anne Seymour
|Directed by||Paul Annett|
|Produced by||Diane Baker|
|Music by||Ron Grainer|
|Distributed by||Sharp Features|
|Running time||85 min.|
Never Never Land is a 1980 British drama film directed by Paul Annett and starring Petula Clark, Cathleen Nesbitt, John Castle, and Anne Seymour. It is named after Neverland, the magical setting of the classic children's tales of Peter Pan.
7-year-old Jennie (Heather Miller) has been abandoned by her parents and left in the care of her aunt Bee Melvin (Petula Clark). Zena is treated poorly by two of her cousins, and taking her lead from the story Peter and Wendy, she runs away from home with her younger cousin. She finds shelter in an abandoned London townhouse occupied by a gang of young ruffians, and becomes the equivalent of Wendy role-playing "mother" to the Lost Boys. An old woman named Edith Forbes (Cathleen Nesbitt, in her final screen performance) befriends the girl.
Produced by actress Diane Baker, it was unsuccessful in the UK and received a limited commercial release in the US. It was later broadcast by HBO in the mid-1980s.
The film's theme song "Fly Away" was composed by Jane McNeally and Alice Kuhns. It is included on The Petula Clark Anthology: Downtown to Sunset Boulevard, a CD released in 2000.
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