In some ways, cinema is one great big pile of smoke and mirrors. CGI, make-up and huge amounts of post-production wizardry ensure that what we see on screen masks the often messy reality of actually being on set. Sometimes, however, the backstage reality of a movie is just so bad it risks tainting a film forever. Take these ten much-loved family classics for example, where truly unspeakable things happened behind the scenes.
10. A child almost drowned in The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music – that super-sentimental, happy-go-lucky musical about a woman in Austria taking a group of seven children under her wing – isn’t generally associated with anything grim or negative. Well, apart from its World War II setting, of course. But as cheery as the plot is, there’s one particular part that left five-year-old Kym Karath, who played little Gretl, greatly traumatized.