Greenfingers (2000)

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Title: Greenfingers

Director: Joel Hershman

Lead actors: Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, David Kelly

Costume Designer: Frances Tempest

Release Date: 2000

Imdb link: Greenfingers on IMdB 

Wikipedia linkGreenfingers on Wikipedia

Trailer: Official Greenfingers Trailer

Synopsis: When Colin Briggs is placed in an experimental program to finish off his prison sentence, all he wants is peace and quiet. After his wise, elderly roommate Fergus introduces him to gardening, Colin uncovers a talent and passion for plants. Teaming up with his fellow inmates, Colin gets the attention of celebrated gardener Georgina Woodhouse. Soon, the unexpected gardeners are preparing to compete for the Hampton Court Flower Show. When Colin meets Georgina’s beautiful daughter Primrose, he discovers another reason to fight for his freedom: true love. (from wikipedia)

A prison inmate with a green thumb goes on to compete in a national gardening competition. Based on a true story. (from imdb)

Time/period: contemporary

Our Involvement

Actors dressed by CPL: Helen Mirren

We weren’t involved directly with the costumes ourselves which would mean that the costume would have been purchased in one of the stores stocking our things at the time.  Helen Mirren is seen wearing a jacket which she wore over a flowery dress which was not one of our creations. She also had a jacket with pleated dress. In some scenes she wore the pleated dress on its own too.

Interestingly we were involved with the journalist who wrote the original article that inspired the making of the film. Paula Deitz owner and editor of the Hudson Review,  is a long time friend and colleague. Paula came over from America to visit Leyhill Prison to meet the inmates who won awards in the Hampton Court Flower Show. She came to visit us on the same trip. The inclusion of our clothes was actually a completely coincidental thing completed unrelated to our relationship with Paula. It was just one of those occasions when things flowed naturally. Bizarrely there was another coincidence when Georgina, Charles and Patricia’s daughter visited the film website and signed up to receive news and updates about the film. This automatically entered her into a prize draw competition which she then subsequently won giving her two posters of the film signed by the leading actors featured in the film.


Image galleries

Helen Mirren in Charles and Patricia Lester hand pleated silk dress