Never Never Land (film)

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.

Never Never Land
Petula Clark and Anne Seymour
Directed byPaul Annett
Produced byDiane Baker
StarringPetula Clark
Cathleen Nesbitt
John Castle
Anne Seymour
Heather Miller
Evelyn Laye
Roland Culver
Music byRon Grainer
Distributed bySharp Features
Release date
1980
Running time
85 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Plot synopsis

Seven-year-old Jennie (Heather Miller) has been abandoned by her parents and left in the care of her aunt Bee (Petula Clark) and uncle Jim (John Castle). Jennie is treated poorly by her two elder cousins, and taking her lead from the story Peter and Wendy, she runs away from home with her younger cousin Joe (Christian Henson). 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.

Reception

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 McNealy and Alice Kuhns. It is included on The Petula Clark Anthology: Downtown to Sunset Boulevard, a CD released in 2000.


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