Directed byGavin Millar
Written byNoella Smith
Produced byDavid Puttnam
Chris Griffin
StarringHelen Lindsay
John Horsley
Anna Campbell-Jones
Daisy Cockburn
CinematographyChristopher Challis
Edited byEric Boyd-Perkins
Music byGuy Woolfenden
Goldcrest Films
Enigma Productions
Distributed byChannel Four Films (UK)
Samuel Goldwyn Company (US)
Release dates
12 May 1983 (UK)
17 August 1984 (USA)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Secrets is a 1983 British comedy film directed by Gavin Millar and produced by David Puttnam.[1] It was originally shown as part of Puttnam's Channel 4 anthology series First Love.[2]


In the fall of 1963, Louise is a 13-year-old girl who lives with her widowed mother. Before she is set to leave for boarding school, she discovers a box belonging to her late father. The box contains secret documents in additions to condoms, but Louise thinks they are balloons. She also learns her father was a member of the secret order of Freemasons. While at boarding school, Louise attempts to explain to friends what the Freemasons are. The girls form their own version of a Masonic club. Meanwhile, Louise’s mother finds the box in Louise’s room and inadvertently thinks her daughter is sexually active. Louise learns her parents’ marriage was not what she thought it was.


Goldcrest Films invested £461,000 in the movie and received £620,000 earning them a profit of £159,000.[3]



In a review of the film, the Santa Cruz Sentinel wrote Secrets is "not large enough to fill a movie screen in any way, shape or form ... but it is kind of sweet".[4] Rebecca Lieb of The Film Journal called the film "a light, entertaining, and often very funny comedy...enhanced with an acute sense of what it's like to be 13 and discovering sex".[4]


  1. ^ "Secrets (1983)". BFI. Archived from the original on December 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Secrets (1984) - Gavin Millar | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie" – via
  3. ^ Eberts, Jake; Illott, Terry (1990). My indecision is final. Faber and Faber. p. 657.
  4. ^ a b Chatenever, Rick (12 October 1984). "Forgettable comedy". Santa Cruz Sentinel. p. 51. Retrieved 23 March 2022.