Douglas Gresham, stepson of C S Lewis

‘I started thinking about making movies about the Narnia chronicles when I was in my early teens,’ says Gresham, co-producer of Prince Caspian. ‘Now I’m in my early 60s. That’s a lot of years!’ The latest adventure is ‘not quite as blatant’ in its spiritual content as the first film The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, which took theatres by storm in 2005 and had a strong Christian message. ‘Prince Caspian is about a return to true honour and true faith after centuries of corruption,’ Gresham says. The first film earned $742 million in its worldwide theatrical release and scooped numerous awards. Wide, sweeping landscapes were punctuated with colourful creatures straight out of Lewis’ story. ‘Prince Caspian also has this strange and wondrous magic about it,’ Gresham says, ‘which is all part of Narnia.’ Lewis blended mythologies of various cultures – including the wild and wonderful Celtic folklore of his own homeland Ireland – to create a rich backdrop. ‘Myth was something he felt was important,’ Gresham says. ‘People in today’s world use myth as if it were lies. Myths were ancient man’s blind gropings for God.’ Prince Caspian faithfully carries on that Lewis tradition.