Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (2002)

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, a twist on Cinderella based on Gregory Maguire's novel, was filmed in Luxembourg and first aired in 2002 as a Disney movie.

Synopsis from Fandango:
"Based on the (somewhat darker) novel by Gregory Maguire, the made-for-TV movie Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister offers a refreshing revisionist spin on the old Cinderella legend. Having squandered her late husband's fortune, 17th century widow Margarethe (Stockard Channing) moves from London to her native Holland, in hopes of snagging wealthy tulip merchant Van Den Meer (David Westhead) as Hubby Number Two. Going along for the ride are Margarethe's two daughters, Iris (Azura Skye) and Ruth (Emma Poole), whom their mother regards as hopelessly homely and awkward -- especially when compared to Van Den Meer's gorgeous, aloof, and chronically agoraphobic daughter Clara (Jenny Harrison). Though unattractive by her mother's idiotically exacting standards, Iris glows with beauty from within, especially when her artistic soul is unleashed by a wise old mentor known as the Master (Jonathan Pryce) (who, without giving too much of the game away, bears a remarkable resemblance to the great Rembrandt). When Margarethe selfishly attempts to marry off Iris to a handsome Prince, ignoring the girl's growing fondness for the Master's humble apprentice Casper (Matthew Goode), Iris formulates a plan to draw Clara out of her shell and prepare her unofficial stepsister for a royal marriage. Deftly challenging still-prevalent notions of "ugly," "beautiful," "good," and "evil," Confessions of an Ugly Sister was a Canadian-Luxembourg coproduction, filmed in 2001 and first telecast as part of ABC's Wonderful World of Disney anthology on March 10, 2002." ~ Hal Erickson

Azura Skye as Iris

Stockard Channing as Margarethe

Emma Poole as Ruth

Jenna Harrison as Clara

Helen Lindsay as Queen Maria de Medici

Jonathan Pryce as Master Schoenmacker

Trudie Styler as Fortune Teller

Matthew Goode as Caspar


  1. So is this coming out on DVD? I saw this movie when it originally aired and loved it! I would love to get it on DVD!

  2. I saw this a few years ago on YouTube, it was actually quite good. It's an interesting twist on the classic Cinderella story. My favorite is Jonathan Pryce, he's always very good!

    ~Miss Laurie
    Old-Fashioned Charm

  3. Thanks for the heads up. I'll look for it.

  4. Not sure, I can't imagine Disney staying true to Gregory Maguire. But I'm still curious to see it

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  6. Love, Love, Love this movie. I saw it back when it aired on ABC and have been wishing ever since it would appear on DVD; who wants to sit and watch it on YouTube, anyway!? Please, Disney... release this!



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