Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna followed up their success in Born Free with an engaging film about an otter. It is a semi-documentary, based on Gavin Maxwell's autobiographical bestseller, Ring of Bright Water.
Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna followed up their success in Born Free with an engaging film about an otter. It is a semi-documentary, based on Gavin Maxwell’s autobiographical bestseller, Ring of Bright Water.
Story concerns a London civil servant, anxious to get out of the rat race to write. He makes his decision when he acquires Mij, a young otter, as a pet and finds that keeping the charming but mischievous mammal in a London apartment is frought with headaches. So he and Mij depart for a lonely coastal village in the Highlands where they settle down contentedly in a ramshackle crofter’s cottage.
Travers and McKenna unselfishly subdue their performances to the star demands of the lolloping young rascal, Mij, but keep the interest firmly alive by their tactful playing.
Ring of Bright Water
Palomar. Director Jack Couffer; Producer Joseph Strick; Screenplay Jack Couffer, Bill Travers; Camera Wolfgang Suschitzky; Editor Reginald Mills; Music Frank Cordell; Art Director Ken Ryan
(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 107 MIN.
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