At the Back of the North Wind
Victorian drama by George MacDonald
At the Back of the North Wind By George MacDonald
2005 January Focus On The Family 123 minutes
In Victorian London, the sickly son of a poor cab driver is suddenly carried away on an enchanting adventure by an unlikely companion: The North Wind. Over the London rooftops, across the sea and to the back of beyond, the boy encounters great wonders and profound mysteries.
But is it merely his fevered imagination or are there secrets in this world we have yet to discover?
As with his other stories, George MacDonald focused on other-worldly themes when he wrote At the Back of the North Wind. He was always seeking - as C.S. Lewis would later attempt in his stories about Narnia - to open the minds of his readers to the possibility of other worlds and of other kinds of reality.
As Colin Duriez asserts, At The Back of the North Wind is a story of two worlds: "It vividly portrays the 'real' world of Victorian London, but into it, MacDonald shows the other real world that we do not normally see, constantly flowing into it, bringing out the real meaning of everyday events, people and things."
Enter a story where hope is introduced, fear is cast away and replaced by peace, and illness is shed... At the Back of the North Wind.
Norman Stone Director
Murray Watts & Philip Glassborow Adaptation
GAP Digital Sound Design
Jared DePasquale Music Composition / Orchestration
Philip Glassborow Casting Director / Creative Consultant
Recorded at The Soundhouse Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Rob Jorgensen Voice Recording Engineer
Kurt Bruner, Paul McCusker Executive Producers
Dave Arnold Producer / Host
Juliet Stevenson as North Wind
Juliet starred opposite Alan Rickman in Truly, Madly, Deeply, winning the Evening Standard Film Award for Best Actress. Recent movies include Bend It Like Beckham with Keira Knightley, Emma and Nicholas Nickleby. Other accolades include the Laurence Olivier Best Actress Award for her theatre work in London, an Emmy Award for "Living With Dinosaurs" and the L.A. Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Actress.
Joss Ackland as Mr. Raymond
In London theatre, Joss created the role of Peron in the musical Evita and starred with Ingrid Bergman in Captain Brassbound's Conversion. He portrayed C. S. Lewis in the BBC television film "Shadowlands," which won international Emmy and BAFTA Awards. Among his many other movie credits are The Hunt For Red October, Lethal Weapon 2, K-19: The Widowmaker, White Mischief and Miracle on 34th Street.
Tom Fleming as the Storyteller
In radio and television, Tom is renowned worldwide for his commentaries on Royal and State occasions, including the Coronation, the Silver Jubilee and two royal weddings. One of Scotland's foremost actors, he co-founded the Edinburgh Gateway Company and was founder director of the Royal Lyceum Company. His acclaimed one-man show Every Blessed Thing celebrates the life of the Scottish minister and founder member of the Iona Community, George McLeod.
Annette Badland as Martha
Annette appears in the long-running British television series "Cutting It" and was also a regular in "Shoestring." Her many film and TV credits include Little Voice, Up The Valley, Oliver Twist and Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky. She has also worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Russell Boulter as Joseph
Russell Boulter is a versatile actor, known well to British audiences for his extensive work on both stage and screen. He premiered the lead role of Mickey in the long-running, award-winning London musical Blood Brothers and is known as the obsessively determined D.C. Bolton in the TV police drama, "The Bill." Russell can be heard as Hans von Dohnanyi in Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's Peabody Award-winning Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom and as Rabadash in The Horse and His Boy, from "The Chronicles of Narnia," also for Focus on the Family Radio Theatre.
Pax Baldwin as Diamond
At the age of 12, Pax has already played leading roles in several London stage musicals including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Les Miserables, The King And I and Whistle Down The Wind. His radio work includes the BBC series, "King Street Revisited."
Jacqueline Benbow as Nanny
A member of Surrey County Youth Theatre, Jacqui loves acting, singing and dancing. She was featured in a dance spectacular at the London Palladium and played Felicity Kendal's daughter in the stage play Emily Needs Attention, directed by Sir Peter Hall.
TIMOTHY BATESON as Mr. Judd
SARAH FINCH as Mrs.O'Hara
MICHAEL HAUGHEY as Mr. O'Hara
JAFER HUSSEYIN as the Second Urchin
MARGOT LEICESTER as Mrs. Raymond
POLLY MARCH as Old Sal
DAVID OAKLEY as the Doctor
MARK O'DEA as the First Urchin
AUDREY PALMER as Mary
DAVID SIMEON as John
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