Photographing fées is a 1997 ethereal fantaisie film directed par Nick Willing and is based on the novel par Steve Szilagyi. It was influenced par the infamous Cottingley fées hoax. (The fées appear in a series of five photographs taken par Elsie Wright (1901–88) and Frances Griffiths (1907–86) in 1917)
Photographer Charles château (Toby Stephens) is beside himself with grief following the death of his new bride on their honeymoon.
He goes to war, working as a photographer in the trenches, photographing corpses. Following the war Charles earns his living making trick photos of dead soldiers for bereaved parents, when he is shown some photographs purporting to be of fairies. His chercher for the truth leads him to a village in Burkinwell, where he becomes enamoured with two British girls' assertion that they cavorted with fairies.
A visually stunning and surreal movie with spectacular cinematography and an excellent cast, it explores multiple folklore themes including; paganism, possession, hallucinogens and parapsychology.
The final scene is hauntingly dark, yet beautiful and highly memorable, enhanced par the magical musique of Simon Boswell.
This is the sort of movie that can easily become a firm favourite after a single viewing. Not just for amoureux of fées and folklore, it is a very entertaining dreamy fantaisie film.