PG certificateThe Golden Compass is a Film programme that first aired in 2007 and has been classified a PG certificate.

The Golden Compass is a 3 star programme

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The Golden Compass (2007)

Directed by
Chris Weitz

Impressive fantasy drama, released in 2007, based on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. In a parallel universe, young orphan Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards, pictured) resides in Oxford under the patronage of her dashing adventurer Uncle, Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig). This is a world of shape-shifting daemons, armoured polar bears and the terrifying "gobblers", who kidnap children. When Lyra comes into possession of an alethiometer, a compass that truthfully answers any question, there are people who will do anything to get hold of it, and Lyra finds herself on an epic quest to the frozen North to safeguard the future of her entire world.

The first instalment of Philip Pullman's hugely successful trilogy is a special effects spectacular, with fantastic performances from newcomer Dakota Blue Richards and Nicole Kidman as the icily evil Mrs Coulter. Although, as with all literary adaptations, there isn't room for every detail of the books, fans of Pullman's work and Dark Material novices alike will be thrilled by the stunning realisation of these classic stories.

Genre: Film

Running Time: 109 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2007

3/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: USA/UK

Filmed in Colour


Image for Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman...Marisa Coulter
Image for Daniel CraigDaniel Craig...Lord Asriel
Image for Dakota Blue RichardsDakota Blue Richards...Lyra Belacqua
Ben Walker...Roger
Image for Freddie HighmoreFreddie Highmore...Pantalaimon
Image for Ian McKellenIan McKellen...Iorek Byrnison
Image for Eva GreenEva Green...Serafina Pekkala
Image for Jim CarterJim Carter...Lord John Faa
Image for Tom CourtenayTom Courtenay...Farder Coram
Image for Ian McShaneIan McShane...Ragnar Sturlusson
Image for Sam ElliottSam Elliott...Lee Scoresby
Image for Christopher LeeChristopher Lee...First High Councilor
Image for Kristin Scott ThomasKristin Scott Thomas...Stelmaria
Edward de Souza...Second High Councilor
Image for Kathy BatesKathy Bates...Hester