The peculiar antics of Laurel (Hayley Mills), an emotionally troubled young girl, are the focus of 'The Chalk Garden', a stately household drama set on the cliffs of the English south-coast. Edith Evans plays a matriarchal grandmother who, in raising her granddaughter, has neglected her other love - a barren chalk garden. Mayhem ensues as Laurel's behaviour frightens away a succession of governesses until the enigmatic Miss Madrigal (Deborah Kerr) is hired - in spite of her mysterious references. Madrigal sets about tending to the girl's reckless emotions and the pitifully failed garden, whilst Maitland (John Mills) plays the compassionate butler working overtime to maintain order in this unpredictable environment.
Audio commentary with film historians Lucy Bolton and Josephine Botting (2021)
The BEHP Interview with Ronald Neame (1991, 107 mins): archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the acclaimed director in conversation with Roy Fowler
Fertile Ground (2021, 8 mins): assistant production accountant Maurice Landsberger remembers filming at Eastbourne
8mm Location Footage (1963, 1 min): excerpts from John Mills' home movies shot at Beachy Head during production
Clever Conversation (2021, 22 mins): appreciation of Malcolm Arnold's score by author and musician David Huckvale
Loved and Envied (2021, 11 mins): Josephine Botting on the life and career of Enid Bagnold Original Theatrical Trailer