Starring Rebecca Smart, Nicholas Eadie, Mary-Anne Fahey
Directed by Ann Turner
Set in mid-1950s Australia, with the fear of communism in the air and the country's farmlands overrun by a plague of rabbits, the film depicts a long hot summer seen through the eyes and over-active imagination of nine year old Celia.
Shaken by the death of her beloved grandmother, Celia finds herself adrift between the cruel games and rituals of childhood and the incomprehensible world of grown-ups. With monstrous creatures stalking her dreams by night, those imagined terrors blur by day with the banal brutality of the adult world and lead to tragic and shocking consequences.
Ann Turner's refreshingly unsentimental debut feature is a dark fable of childhood's end. An enthralling film to rank alongside Lord of the Flies, The 400 Blows and Stand By Me – and a major influence on Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook (2014).
- Newly filmed interview with director Ann Turner.
- New anamorphic transfer from original materials, supervised by the director.
- Booklet featuring new essays by writer and film historian Michael Brooke / author and historian
Professor Joy Damousi, and ‘The Hobyahs’ – a traditional folktale featured in the film.
DVD Cat No: SRDVD 038
Duration: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Video: PAL / DVD9