When their deeply religious mother (Annette Carell) dies, the seven Hook children bury her in the garden of their gloomy Victorian house and continue life as normal, never telling anyone because they are all under-age and fear the orphanage.
The children release the housekeeper, Elsa (Margaret Leclere), so that they can live alone without adult supervision. One of the children, Jiminee (Mark Lester), learns how to forge his mother’s signature so they can continue to cash her pension checks.
They stay connected to their deceased mum via seance-like gatherings conducted by Diana (Pamela Franklin) in the garden shed that they call “Mother Time”.
They are managing pretty well but things turn ugly when the long lost father, Charlie (Dirk Bogarde) returns to take over the household. He manipulates them, steals their mother’s life-savings of £400, and in a gripping finale, reveals to the children the terrible secret Mother has hidden from them – with a truly shocking result.
The movie was filmed in Chichester Road, Croydon, South London.
Louis Sheldon Williams