She discovered a new branch of her family tree... the one with all the nuts.



Eileen Atkins Judith Starkadder
Kate Beckinsale Flora Poste
Sheila Burrell Ada Doom
Stephen Fry Mybug
Freddie Jones Adam Lambsbreath
Joanna Lumley Mrs. Mary Smiling
Ian McKellen Amos Starkadder
Miriam Margolyes Mrs. Beetle
Rufus Sewell Seth Starkadder
Ivan Kaye Reuben Starkadder
Jeremy Peters Urk
Maria Miles Elfine Starkadder
Christopher Bowen Charles Fairford
Louise Rea Meriam Beetle
Sophie Revell Rennet

Cold Comfort Farm is a 1995 British comedy film directed by John Schlesinger and produced by the BBC and Thames Television, an adaptation of Stella Gibbons' 1932 book of the same name, the film stars Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellen and Rufus Sewell. Originally broadcast on 1 January 1995 on the BBC, it was Schlesinger's final film shot in his home country of Britain, and was picked up for theatrical release in North America through Gramercy Pictures, where it was a small success.

Flora Poste (Kate Beckinsale), an orphan in the 1920s, moves to the country with her rustic and backward relatives, the Starkadders. The Starkadders live in a run-down farm off the beaten track in Sussex. Flora resolves to fix their situation.

After the death of her estranged parents, Flora, who is an aspiring writer, decides that the only way for her to live whilst researching her writing is to stay with relatives. Her city-based relatives show no interest, so she sends letters to her country relatives. There are a few responses, most of which are unsuitable, but one is intriguing. She decides to go and stay with these relatives. The scene is complicated, but Flora soon realises that she can resolve the situation once she has assessed and solved each character's problems. Whilst she is doing so, she is pursued by a most unsuitable suitor, a most obnoxious character, whom she would do well to avoid. In the process of her endeavours, the multitude of the complexities of the farm expose themselves and Flora excels at resolving all the issues.

All the while it seems that things are impossible, but they are resolved in the end.(from wikipedia)