This week sees the release of eagerly anticipated fantasy film The Golden Compass.
It is based on the first book in Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy about a young girl’s coming of age in a parallel universe.
Though similar in many ways to our world the most striking difference is that everyone has a dæmon – an animal that co-exists with them and follows them around.
Lyra and her dæmon Pantalaimon (voiced by Freddie Highmore) find out about the existence of “Dust“, a substance of great interest to her uncle Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig), the enigmatic Marisa Coulter (Nicole Kidman) and the ruling power known as The Magisterium.
When a friend of hers is kidnapped, Lyra journeys to the North in order to find him where she encounters a variety of characters including a witch (Eva Green), an aeronaut (Sam Eliott) and an armoured bear (voiced by Ian McKellen).
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> Bridge To The Stars – An extensive fansite for the original books
> Watch the first 5 minutes of The Golden Compass at Yahoo Movies
> Official blog for the The Golden Compass
> Find out more about the His Dark Materials trilogy of books at Wikipedia
> Philip Pullman writes about the film in the Sunday Times