If you believe, truly believe then you don’t need proof. But that’s exactly what two little girls brought back from the bottom of the garden. Proof of the existence of Faeries!
Most who are interested in Faeries are familiar with the story of two little girls named Frances and Elsie from Cottingley in Yorkshire. They managed to capture photos playing with Faeries in the garden. The photographs were the source of great debate and became the focus of many investigations over the years.
Based on the book “The Coming of the Fairies” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the film “Fairy Tale, a True Story” was released in 1997 and is a fictional account of the events leading up to and after the taking of the photos. The combination of the quaint cottage setting and the special effects used to bring the Faeries to life is truly enchanting.
Initially the girls only took two photos, which caught the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who asked if he could use them in an article he was writing about Faeries for a magazine. Conan Doyle was enthusiastic about the photos, as he was with all things paranormal. Three years later, the girls were brought together again and (according to Wikipedia) asked to take more photos of the Faeries, in order to “place the matter of the photographs’ authenticity beyond doubt”.
Some were convinced the girls faked the photos, others believed with all their hearts they were real. Years later, both girls claimed that the Faeries in the photos were indeed created with paper cutouts and held in place with hatpins. But with regard to the fifth photo, Elsie insisted it was fake, while Frances never faltered. According to Wikipedia, she was quoted as saying that
“It was a wet Saturday afternoon and we were just mooching about with our cameras and Elsie had nothing prepared. I saw these fairies building up in the grasses and just aimed the camera and took a photograph.”
Much like the Faeries themselves, it is said that Frances wished to remain hidden and deeply resented the interest in the photos. She felt that people were fools to have believed them but didn’t have the heart to discredit Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Elsie, on the other hand felt that if people wanted to believe, what was the harm? They didn’t, after all, set out to commit fraud and never dreamed that things would go so far.
For those of us who do believe, the film is a beautiful depiction of what we already know to be true. That Faeries are real and can be found at the bottom of the garden if you look not only with your eyes, but with your heart.