Family Movie Review: Magic Flute Diaries

From the acclaimed director of Anne of Green Gables…comes a new film meant to entice and captivate the musically literate. Based on the opera “The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sullivan’s newest movie release – “Mozart’s Magic Flute Diaries” – tells the story of a young singer named Tom who falls in love with the mysterious woman who is cast opposite him in The Magic Flute. Tom’s imagination carries him back to the 18th century to the grandeur and glory of Mozart’s time, but he soon realizes that his “reality” holds just as much as suspense, romance, and intrigue as his daydreams.

Mozart’s Magic Flute Diaries recently was awarded Best Family Film at the Staten Island Film Festival in Canada. 

My husband and I watched the film after our daughter’s bedtime several weeks ago. Although it certainly is clean and refreshingly devoid of sexuality, violence, or language, I wouldn’t necessarily categorize it as a “family film” because the plot is a bit too serious and “grown-up” for young ones. The genre would best be described as “drama” or simply “opera.” This film is truly for the classical music aficionado. Brimming with elaborate costumes, operatic humor, and a full dose of Mozart’s musical masterpieces, The Magic Flute Diaries is not your latest blockbuster hit. What it IS is a tasteful piece of culture.

In the mood for a little Mozart? View the trailer, purchase a copy for yourself for $24.99, or enter to win a copy for your next date night or for a homeschool lesson on Mozart or for a gift to your favorite music teacher…

WIN IT! There will be three winners. Each will receive a copy of Mozart’s Magic Flute Diaries. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Friday, July 11 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). * This contest is open to readers from the U.S. and Canada.  

*UPDATE* The winners are #129 Tina Hamersley, #87 Hazel, and #85 Angie. Congratulations!

  • Michael Capp

    I’d love to win this. I enjoyed the Anne of Green Gables series, so I’d imagine this could be something interesting to watch as well.

  • Ilissa H .

    This looks like a really good movie. I love fantasy type movies. Thank you for the chance. Please enter me in your giveaway :)

  • Catalina K

    I can only say that I would just love to win this true “piece of culture” – as you name it. Thank you for the special prize choices you make us happy with!

  • mannequin

    The Magic Flute is such a beautiful opera that I can well imagine this to be an interesting non-fall-asleep movie.
    Thanks for the chance and thanks for the review!

  • Skip

    What a beautiful idea for a movie. Good choice.

  • Louise Brouillette

    This sounds so lovely

  • karin a.

    Sounds good!–no sex or violence. (Yay!) Beautiful music. Fine actors…. Something I would definitely enjoy watching.

  • susan varney

    thank-you for the chance to win

  • C. Clemens

    enter me in this please

  • Jenn S.

    This sounds good to me,I remember enjoying the Anne of Greene Gables series. I loved the opera as well.

  • Gary Emes

    thank you fro another chance

  • txfilly

    didn’t know this was a movie.. I’d really like this

  • Cindi

    Happy Fourth of July! My husband are in dire need of a date night. Please sign us up for this movie. I appreciate it. Thanks, Cindi

  • Michelle

    I love Mozart–sounds like a fun movie!

  • Meredith Peters

    If only I had a magic flute
    I’d take you back to the days of my youth
    How much better a life I would have had
    If only you’d been with me
    I’d have always been glad!!

  • Erin

    wow…anything made by the same people who did Anne of Green Gables has got to be good. This is exciting. Thanks for telling us about it.

  • Marilyn Wons

    I love Mozart. Thank you for the contest.

  • Aisling

    The women in my family have a special fondness for the Magic Flute. We’d enjoy watching this very much.

  • Hil’Lesha

    Sounds great! :)

  • Shannon Baas

    sounds cool.

  • MJ

    I’ve always wished opera was more accessible. This sounds like a great way to make it so!

  • Barbara Baker

    Sounds like an interesting movie…I’d love to own this one since I love this genre of movies and prefer them over many.

  • Nora

    This has to be a really special movie.

  • Ana

    so cool

  • Angel

    neat prize

  • Maja

    i like it

  • Tom Bellamy

    Good prize.

  • Denise

    Count me in!

  • Anne Taylor

    What a special DVD. I would love to sit with my grandbabies and watch this with them.

  • Tammy Cutts

    I’ve lost count of how many times I have watched Anne of Green Gables. I’m sure anything by that director is going to be enjoyable. As fans of Mozart, this movie would be a double treat for my husband and me.

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  • Lynda C

    Sounds interesting…….

  • Ann Fantom

    I would love to win this for my daughter. Please enter me

  • Linda

    This should be wonderful to see.

  • Caroline Morin

    Please count me in.

  • Peggy Doty

    Sounds like a very good movie.

  • Theresa Shafer

    Mozart is heavenly to listen to while relaxing. Great choice for a give-a-way.
    Thank you.

  • christopher h

    this does look good

  • Alicia

    I listen to Mo everyday

  • Virginia Murr

    This is the first that I’ve heard of this movie — it sounds absolutely intriguing.

  • David

    Mozart was great, thanks.

  • Sharon Jones

    What a wonderful film and awesome prize…thanks so much…please count me in :)

  • Jean Fischer

    The Magic Flute is one of my favorite operas

  • Donna Coughlin

    I would love to win this for my daughter

  • Susan C

    I love the beautiful music of Mozart-would love to see this.

  • Roger Keeney

    I’d love o win this, my12 year old plays flute, and it is an appropriate show for her as well.

  • Emmaline Kuebler

    I would love to see this. The music sounds interesting.

  • Deborah Wellenstein

    I would love to share this with my grandchildren. Thank you for this giveaway!

  • Rodney K

    hope I win thanks

  • Jason

    Nice giveaway, I want to win !! Thanks !!!

  • Janet F

    I would love to win Mozart’s Magic Flute Diaries, thank you!

  • Stephen Saunders

    Happy Saturday!

  • Jacob

    This looks interesting. I would like to see it.

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  • charline s

    It is always nice to hear about a good clean movie, this one sounds great.

  • Belinda

    This looks like a great movie.I would love to have a copy to watch. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Beverly

    Sounds good

  • Jennifer Barnett

    Sounds like a nice film.

  • Linda Moeller

    Sounds good

  • Linda Pinto

    Anne of Green Gables is being rebroadcast now on PBS. The story never grows old. I would like to see more work by Sullivan. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  • Heather Sebastian

    Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite movies of all time! I have four sisters, and all of us, along with our Mom would watch these every year growing up. Now all of us are Anne of Green Gables fanatics!

    Growing up my Mom called my Anne of Purple, after Anne is this movie because my middle name is Anne.

  • Ken Robinson

    Please accept my entry.

  • Linda

    Please count me in

  • Thomas Gibson

    Nice prize.

  • Lacey Jackson

    Would love to win these!

  • James Jenkins


  • Jillian Sorenson

    looks interesting!

  • Noelia Gutierrez

    i would love to win this, I love fantasy type movies and this is just down my alley, thanks for the contest.

  • Erica C.


  • John Stetson

    I always enjoy Mozart so hope I get a chance to enjoy this dvd

  • Julie

    Looks great!

  • Toby

    Great prize!

  • Albert

    Nice contest!

  • Pauline M

    This would be a great movie to watch with my kids!

  • Diane

    Very nice movie! Would love to win it.

  • Tonya Froemel

    like to win this

  • LeeAnn P.

    my kids are young (2 and 4) but are crazy into the cultural stuff! They both adore going to the museum and looking at the art, not just the dinosaurs! And they both enjoy classical music and especially Ballet! Go figure. I know they would like this movie as much as I would. Thanks for Another great giveaway!

  • Belinda A.

    This sounds like a nice change from those mindless (awful) summer blockbusters . . .

  • Susanne

    I love this opera!

  • Kari Follett

    I’ve never heard of it but it definitely sounds like one I’d like!

  • Leona P

    thanks for the contest

  • Dianne L

    Looks good. Count me in!

  • marybeth i.

    I love dramas – this sounds like the sort of film I enjoy – would love to see it.

  • Sabra

    What can I say?…I love Anne of Green Gables! I would love to win this dvd. I am sure my kids would enjoy it.

  • Angie

    I have always been curious about this opera, but since musicals are definitely not hubby’s thing, I haven’t had an opportunity to see it. Maybe if I bring it home in movie form it will be a little more palatable for him… or maybe it will just give him the opportunity to knock it out loud. Hmmmm… worth a shot anyways!

  • Monique Rizzo

    Dramas are my thing!

  • hazel

    Woah, the costumes look awesome in those stills. I really enjoy movies with cool costumes and if they have great music, they get super double plus points.

  • kris hickey

    Anything Kevin Sullivan puts his hand to turns out wonderful. I’ve followed the production notes on this project from his MySpace page and am looking forward to seeing the final cut.

  • Margaret Lindsley

    This sounds like a super movie!!!

  • Megan B.

    This sounds like a great movie, I’d also like to watch it with my mother included. Its hard for her to find things to watch these days, since she’s offended by all the language and gratuitous violence!

  • Cathi

    Wouldn’t this be fantastic to see in the theater on stage??
    I would love to win the movie. It’s my kind of entertainment and I’m trying to bring culture into my grandchildren’s life.

  • valerie mabrey

    count me in

  • holly

    This sounds wonderful! The girls night out group would love it and I would, too, being a long time fan of Mozart! cookiecutter72 AT hotmail dot com

  • evelyn

    oh enter me I’d love to see this

  • Cheryl Free

    I’d love to watch this on DVD :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  • Michele

    Sounds interesting – thanks

  • Catherine copeland

    The more I come back to your site the more I love it. The Magic Flute Diaries sounds like such a great movie. I’d love to watch it.

  • Leslie


  • Alicia T

    Thanks for the contest!

  • Christy

    The Magic Flute was the first opera I saw and I fell in love with the story, the music and the composer! I’ve never heard of this movie, but it looks like something I’d enjoy (the Anne of Green Gables connection doesn’t hurt, either!)

  • R Hicks

    Fantasy movies are among my favorites

  • Rose Roberts

    please enter me

  • dawn

    This must be a great one.

  • Leigh Nichols


  • Nancy

    Nice prize

  • jan koontz

    just to cool

  • Kathy Conley

    I haven’t gotten to see this classic yet and would love too!

  • Vicki Wurgler

    sounds like a good movie-thanks

  • sharon

    looks great, I have heard a lot about it

  • Dean

    i’d like to see this

  • Heather B

    sounds like a good movie, thank you for the chance to win it!

  • Daniel M

    looks great add me please

  • Jennifer Hedden

    enter me

  • Karen Gonyea

    Count Me In !!

  • BariV


  • Miranda Allen

    please enter me thanks

  • leigh

    There are no boobs, guns, or car chases? I don’t believe it ;) Since I don’t know when we’re every going to get back to the opera, I would love to watch this. Thanks again for all the hard work you put into your blog!

  • william causey

    please count grandpa in

  • Jodene Gildea

    Wow! These look good, please enter me.

  • Beth Allen

    Sounds like a good movie. Would love to see!! Thanks for the chance!!

  • Steve Scott

    This would be perfect for my niece who is a terrific flutist.

  • Jay French

    Sounds like a good movie. I like having the kids hear classical music, even if they are in bed and we’re watching a DVD at night…

  • Gary Osborn

    Wooo Hooo Make me a winner!

  • Elizabeth Mays

    My daughter and I would really enjoy this. We appreciate classical music very much!

  • Adrienne Gordon

    movie night, here i come!

  • Marlena


  • Sylvia Belle

    I want to win!

  • Karrie Millheim

    it looks really good

  • Tina Hamersley

    This would be a perfect gift for my family….its good clean fun! I totally love this movie! I’m so excited you are giving this away! Thank you!

  • Bobv

    A very nice prize, enter me.

  • Nanette Olson

    I love Mozart, so this could be interesting.

  • israel y

    thanks for the chance to win

  • rachel burke

    sounds great

  • Chas Childress

    I love Mozart’s Music; so let me win.

  • Kathy Scott

    My niece is a flutist and she would love this movie. Thanks for the chance.

  • Elizabeth Ray

    Based on my favorite opera, I know I’d cry when watching it. I’m sure I’d be wishing my Dad were still aloive, to watch it with me. (Mind you, I still want it! This brings back happy memories!)

  • Molly Capel

    I’ve never heard of this movie before. But it sounds really interesting, and would love to win a copy of my very own!

  • shawna

    Sounds like a good movie!

  • Sue Farrell

    This sounds like a really good DVD–I get so sick of the garbage that is the daily fare on TV–so I would really like to win this.

  • Jennifer Jozwiak

    love this Plese let me win!

  • kathleen yohanna

    I have never heard of this DVD. It won an award in Canada for family films. I would love to see a good family film for a change.

  • Tina Rath

    This sounds like a good movie for family night.

  • lori walker

    This would be a fun video to have.

  • Dorothy R.

    sounds great, win please

  • Jodi

    This looks like a great move that my kids would both enjoy.

  • Amy Parsons

    I would love to see this movie

  • mark

    count me in

  • Ed Nemmers

    Sweet niblets!



  • Jean

    Nice! Thanks!!

  • Vicki Andrew

    looks great

  • Helen

    I’ve always loved all of the Anne of Green Gables books!

  • flared0ne

    Wow, classic and tasteful, in one nice bundle! Thanks!

  • Mollie G.

    “His reality holds just as much … as his daydreams”… sounds like it plays off multiple layers of Mozart, the Magic Flute opera, AND the underlying performing arts group presenting the performance — which means this should be quite a cultural stew!

  • L McLendon

    It would be a pleasure to receive this and have it in my home, thanks for the opportunity!

  • loki

    Sounds like a good one to watch with the hubby!

  • Joy Venters

    kids are never too young to be introduced to the classicals

  • Renee Turner

    Any culture you can expose kids to is a very good thing!

  • Kyle Banderman
  • Lonnie

    ty 4 the great contest!:)

  • Sarah Hansen

    Never heard of the movie, but it sounds very good!

  • kathy pease

    count me in please :)

  • Jamie W

    Great prize, love the movie!

  • Jeanine P

    I would love to win! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Jennifer Schroeder

    This sounds like a fantastic movie – it sounds much different from the mainstream today. I’d love to see it. Thank you for the great contest!

  • hetal gandhi

    sounds like a real fun girl movie.

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  • Heather

    would love to see this :)

  • Julie

    Thank you for the contest. I would like to win and give this to my daughter.

  • LKnott

    My Daughter got to work in the choir for Our Metro Opera this summer.What an experience for a farm girl!! She loved it. This Opera is one she would like to add to her collection.Thanks for the contest.

  • Howard Broman

    looks great

  • Pamela White

    I love the Magic Flute and would love the DVD.

  • Veronica Garrett

    I would love to win this prize.

  • sarah woods

    wouldn’t we all love a magic carpet and the magic flute; many thnaks SW

  • Janice Gabriel

    The Magic Flute Diaries sounds like a gem I would love to possess – fabulous Mozart music, costumes, imaginal scenes, and romance!

  • sabina edwards

    looks like a great kids dvd

  • Charlene Kuser

    I am a big fan of Mozart.One of my favorite
    movies is Amadeus.Please enter me and thanks for the giveaway

  • Lily Kwan

    Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!