The Fairy Faith


TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Sat, May 5, 2018 1:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Focus On John Walker
Film Subjects:British Isles
Religion & Sprituality
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):John Walker
Producer(s):John Walker
Kent Martin
Editor(s):Angela Baker
Writer(s):John Walker
Cinematography:John Walker
Nigel Markham
Composer:Scott MacMillan
MacCrimmon's Revenge
Mary Jane Lamond
Sound:Alex Salter


For thousands of years, people have believed in realms where magical and dangerous beings co-exist with humans. The Victorians tamed the Celtic faerie realms into tales for the nursery, and science turned them into superstitions. But is the belief in fairy powers really gone? Veteran director John Walker mines his Celtic roots to argue for a "third space" between the pragmatics of science and the world of imagination. He travels from the beauty of Cape Breton to the moors of Devon, from the fairy forts in Ireland to the Isle of Skye to see the Fairy Flag. Along the way, folklore scholars, faerie illustrator Brian Froud and present-day believers weigh in with stories and research about fairies. The film eloquently contends that the faerie realm is a state of mind that transforms the mundane to the magical, that it's the age-old place of powerful storytelling that teaches us to see with our hearts. Lynne Fernie

Additional Information

POV - "The POV Interview: John Walker, Part One"

POV - "The POV Interview: John Walker, Part Two."