"The Box of Delights," a film which has become a Yuletide tradition in Britain, will be shown at the Woods Hole Public Library on Saturday, December 8 at 2:30 PM.
The film is an adaptation from a children's fantasy novel by John Masefield, first published in 1935. Since then, there have been three radio adaptations of the story and in 1984 it was adapted for television by the BBC, and broadcasted in a weekly series, with the last episode transmitted on Christmas Eve.
Recently that production has been merged into three sections. On Saturday, December 8 at 2:30 PM at the Woods Hole, the first two parts will be shown. It is recommended for older children and their guardians.
Noted for its yuletide atmosphere, set during Christmas holidays, the film used an innovative mixture of live action and animation to bring the adventure alive. The railway station scenes were filmed at Bewdley and Arley on the steam heritage Severn Valley Railway and the exterior shots of a theological college were filmed at Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, Herefordshire.
The central character is a young boy named Kay who, on returning by train from boarding school, finds himself mixed up in a battle to possess a magical box. The owner of the box is an old Punch and Judy man called Cole Hawlings, whom Kay meets at the railway station. They develop an instant rapport, and this leads Cole to confide that he is being chased by a man called Abner Brown and his gang. For safety, Cole entrusts the box to Kay, who then goes on to have many adventures.
At once a thriller and a spellbinding fantasy, The Box of Delights is a great English children's book and a perfect Christmas treat. It is offered free of charge as part of the Library's seasonal offerings.