"As far as I know, this is the only documentary film to examine the belief in faeries. It deserves credit on this basis alone, especially for those of us who have a fascination with this subject. Filmmaker John Walker interviews people throughout the British Isles and Cape Breton who share their beliefs, stories and experiences with these otherworldly creatures. The film is nicely photographed; along with scenes of faery mounds and mystical landscapes there are paintings by faery artist Brian Froud (who is also interviewed) along with Victorian paintings. One of the things that becomes evident is that, for believers, the world of faery is not something to be trifled with. There are several accounts of people who paid dearly for violating the privacy of these beings. Walker also follows the case of a folklorist's ultimately successful attempt to save a tree that is allegedly sacred to faeries. It was going to be cut down to make way for a road. It was ominously predicted that many accidents were sure to occur on this site. The Fairy Faith is unlikely to convince skeptics that faeries are real. At worst, this film is a fascinating study in a folklore that goes back many centuries. At best, it's a doorway into an intriguing world that co-exists with our own."
Do you believe in fairies?
Clarissa | Ontario, California | 09/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For anyone enchanted by the ancient myths of fairy lore, your collection is not complete without this wonderful documentary by John Walker, which is 77 minutes in length. He takes the viewer on a magical journey through England, Scotland and Cape Breton, interviewing locals and listening to their stories about the "little people". Many of these people's beliefs are downright questionable, and I often found myself laughing and raising an eyebrow at what some of them had to say, but I did sometimes catch myself wondering if these mysterious creatures really are just legend or if they truly do exist? I for one find it hard to believe the latter as I am more of a logistic thinker but as I look back at my childhood, I wonder if some of the things I saw and experienced as a small girl were simply a figment of my overactive imagination or if I was seeing it all, with more clarity than I ever will again, because I was not yet corrupted by life as an adult - living, in the rational world, to believe that there's reasoning behind every unexplainable, supernatural occurrence. Perhaps as we grow older we build a shield around ourselves, refusing to accept things we can no longer see with our own two eyes? I'm certainly not convinced that there are fairies dwelling among us but this documentary at least makes you ponder these things...
The cinematography is absolutely stunning, and the drawings they show amidst gorgeous, traditional Celtic music are beautiful to behold and listen to, magnifying the already breathtaking landscapes. But what I enjoyed most about this DVD was the interview with artist Brian Froud, who mostly talks about his dark, mischievous fairies, and how he became enthralled with them. And yes, he does believe they're fact, not fiction. I also found it sad how they (they who are surely cursed) were tearing down four to five-thousand year old trees - or "fairy forts" - to build a new highway. It reminds me of how they built a highway near stonehedge and how that ruined the sacred, mystical beauty of the place.
I still question my faith in these strange, elusive elves and pixies but if there's one thing I've learned from this well-executed documentary, it would be to not interfere with a fairy if you were to ever encounter one as they are not all sweet. Nor are they forgiving!"
A must for all faerie lovers!
amanda_jones35 | Australia | 04/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a lover of the fae and a believer and I found this DVD to be extremely enlightening to those around me. Show it to your family and friends that scoff or mock your belief in fairies! You will have them thinking for sure, my family now look for faeries everywhere and some of the younger members have had sightings. This is a beautifully presented and detailed documentary on fairy folklore. The scenery is breathtaking, the interviews are interesting and at times haunting. Brian Froud is a highlight and his comments are heartfelt and believable. The fairy harpist was also fascinating, her music ethereal and mystical. These are very articulate and intelligent people discussing fairies in a very matter of fact and quite believable way. I urge you, if you have any doubt about the reality of the Faery Realm, then you must see this DVD! Other highlights include an ancient fairy flag, a fairy fortress that sparkles like jewels and the fairy fiddler. Young and old viewers alike will enjoy The Fairy Faith. This is likely to be the definitive and the very best film ever made on fairy folklore! BELIEVE..."
Faery Believers - You must own this film!
faerybabe | Australia | 05/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I believe that every faery lover should own this film!!
I run a large faery believers club at my domain at faery-magic.com and encourage members to see this film, in fact, I believe in this movie so much, I have copies that members can borrow just to watch it!
It is the most beautiful and extensive film on faery folklore in existence. It is not a story or a fairytale, it is a series of interviews with faery believers around the world, including Brian Froud. There is also a running narrative of faery history and folklore by the film maker.
The history and stories of sightings will have you believing, wanting to believe or at the very least this film will make you think twice!
The whole idea of this film and how it is made is captivating. The scenes of Ireland and Scotland will leave you breathless and aching to visit. The Fairy Fortress will astound you, the fairy harpist will mesmerise you, the fairy flag will amaze you and there is so much more I cannot even mention it all. Fairy music has long been a great love of mine and I hung on every word the musicians told and every note they played.
I agree that this is the definitive film on faery folklore to be made to date. Own it, you will love it! ~Faery Babe~ The Faery Believers Club 2003"
If It's On TV...Watch It, But Don't Buy It
Terrie | Little Chute, WI USA | 02/01/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This 77 minute documentary film is interesting. It takes us on a tour through Ireland, Scotland, England and Cape Breton where we meet several people who share their experiences, visions, sightings and folk stories regarding fairies. The people we meet are all charming and the scenery in these locations where faery lore is abundant is equally charming. I thoroughly enjoyed the film. It was like visiting with my Nana and Grandpa and hearing their tales of the faery realm. I felt comforted by the honest matter-of-fact way they shared their feelings, ideas and experiences. They weren't the least bit worried that they might seem far-fetched or unbelievable because in these countries there is healthy respect for the fey. I enjoyed experiencing that openness and credibility. I would tell anyone with an interest in faeries or the Celtic world or in magic to check this documentary out. The reason I only give it three stars is that I didn't feel it was far-reaching enough. It really didn't knock me over in any way. I would have been happy as can be to have come across it while channel surfing. I would have certainly considered it a good program and worth the 77 minutes spent viewing it, though some of it was a bit on the dull side. However, to order it and pay over...for it was too much. It doesn't contain anything that any student of faery lore hasn't heard a hundred times. It isn't a film I would watch again because I got the good of it from the one viewing and it's not profound enough or enlightening enough to warrant repeated viewings. If you can rent it or borrow it from a friend, by all means do so, but you can spend...more productively on other faery information or maybe start an account and save up to visit the Celtic countries personally where you can talk to the people and maybe experience the fey yourself."