Last month actress Lauren McCrostie popped into our podcast studio to tell us the serendipitous story, of how she ended up starring in the latest Tim Burton film. The film is currently on general release so we thought we’d give you the lowdown on what it’s all about.

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Originating from the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs and adapted for screen by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Stardust), visionary (and dyslexic) director Tim Burton adds this latest peculiar and spellbinding story to his collection.

Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) held a close bond with his grandfather who often reminisced about tales of his past, leaving Jake enthralled by the mysterious nature of them when he suddenly passes. His grandfather’s stories always led back to an orphanage where he stayed with “peculiar children” before joining the British army.

Clues lead Jake to visit the orphanage based in Wales, where he meets Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) and the peculiar children his grandfather had spoken so fondly of. In true Tim Burton fashion, these children are anything but ordinary and Jake becomes mesmerised when he learns about the special powers they exhibit.

Amongst the peculiar children, there is a real sense of strong females that remains at the forefront throughout. One of which not only represents strong females but is also leading the way for neurodiversity, as she plays the part of Olive (Lauren McCrostie) who holds the power to make fire with her bare hands.

Twists and turns through different worlds and time lapses send Jake tumbling into the world of the peculiars and into a battle against their dark enemies, led by Barron (Samuel L. Jackson).

So far the reviews of Miss Peregrine’s Home… have been mixed, with the script writing been criticised for being “conventional big action territory” by The Hollywood Reporter. While The Guardian claim it to be “Tim Burton’s best in 20 years.”

To find out for yourself you can view Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children at cinemas across the UK.

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