The Land Beyond the Sunset

Harold M. Shaw | 1912 | ★★★★½
Forever abused by his alcoholic grandmother, an impoverished, orphaned newspaper boy escapes his wretched home-life for a day, when he goes to the countryside on a charitable outing for poor children. Whilst there, he is regaled with a story about a young boy who makes an escape from a wicked witch. Aided by fairies, the story’s protagonist is taken on a boat journey across the sea to The Land Beyond the Sunset, where he lives happily ever after, proving an inspiration to the young boy in the process, in this Edison Studios production – an affecting, beautifully crafted short, which expertly juxtaposes fantasy and reality for maximum impact.