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Writer:
Ann Turner (writer)
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Release Date:
December 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A tale of innocence corrupted. See more »
Plot:
An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Rebecca Smart ... Celia Carmichael
Nicholas Eadie ... Ray Carmichael
Victoria Longley ... Alice Tanner
Mary-Anne Fahey ... Pat Carmichael
Margaret Ricketts ... Grandmother
Alexander Hutchinson ... Steve Tanner
Adrian Mitchell ... Karl Tanner
Callie Gray ... Meryl Tanner
Martin Sharman ... Evan Tanner
Clair Couttie ... Heather Goldman
Alex Menglet ... Mr. Goldman
Amelia Frid ... Stephanie Burke

William Zappa ... Inspector John Burke
Feon Keane ... Soapy Burke
Louise Le Nay ... Debbie Burke
Shannon McNamara ... Slim
Luke Mathews ... White Knight

Deborra-Lee Furness ... Miss Greenway
Irene Inescort ... Mrs. Casey
Myles Sharpe ... Vicar Mitchell
Philip Holder ... Vicar Shaw
Bruno Annetta ... Hobyah
Nicholas Trinder ... Hobyah's Pack
Kim Lardner ... Hobyah's Pack
James Newman ... Hobyah's Pack
Raymond Arfoui ... Hobyah's Pack
Peter Lindsay ... Mike Mayfield
Don Kinsey ... Newsreel Voice (voice)
Dan Webb ... Radio Voice (voice)
Ian Catchlove ... Newsreel Official
Ernest Wilson ... Little Old Man
Reg Evans ... Jack
Robin Cuming ... Doctor
John Arnold ... Detective
David Burnett ... Police Officer
David Ashton ... Pet Shop Owner
Steve Payne ... Government Official
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David Hoflin ... Boy with the rabbit
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Directed by
Ann Turner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ann Turner  writer

Produced by
Gordon Glenn .... producer
Bryce Menzies .... executive producer
Ian Pringle .... associate producer
Timothy White .... producer
 
Original Music by
Chris Neal 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Simpson 
 
Film Editing by
Ken Sallows 
 
Production Design by
Peta Lawson 
 
Costume Design by
Rose Chong 
 
Production Management
Leigh Ammitzboll .... unit manager
Lynda House .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Jones .... first assistant director
Chris Odgers .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Murray Kelly .... props buyer
Harvey Mawson .... props buyer
 
Sound Department
Lloyd Carrick .... sound recordist
Tim Chau .... foley editor
Chris Goldsmith .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Jeff Little .... special effects technician
Brian Pearce .... special effects supervisor
Peter Stubbs .... special effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Werner Gerlach .... best boy
Jaems Grant .... director of photography: second unit
Brendan Shanley .... key grip
Trevor Toune .... gaffer
Martin Turner .... focus puller
 
Casting Department
Kelly O'Shea .... extras casting
 
Other crew
Julie Bates .... continuity
Lisa Chambers .... production runner
Daniel Scharf .... location manager
Sue Smith .... script consultant
Oliver Streeton .... edge numbering
 
Thanks
Penny Chapman .... thanks
Michael Jenkins .... thanks
Jackie McKimmie .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Celia: Child of Terror" - USA (video box title)
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Runtime:
102 min | USA:103 min
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Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Stephanie is walking on the table in her communion dress, saying "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" her mouth is shut.See more »

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2 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
the rabbit-proof fence didn't work, 16 July 2007
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

In summer, 2003, I took a class about Australian cinema. We watched films like "Walkabout", "Gallipoli" and "Rabbit-Proof Fence"; it might have thrown a wrench in the works had we watched "Celia". At the video/DVD store, I found it under the horror section, but it's only a horror flick in the loosest terms. The movie deals with a nine-year-old girl (Rebecca Smart) in 1950s Australia whose amorality and alienation from society drive her to complete madness; I think that that was the plot. Certainly it's ugly what Celia does, but seeing what the adults around her are like, I felt that I had no choice except to root for Celia.

The historical context involves the Cold War and the government's efforts to stop the rabbit infestation. As people tell Celia not to fraternize with children of communists, she grows more and more disenchanted with the world around her - after all, friends are supposed to be friends no matter what the parents' political activity. But when a cop takes away her pet rabbit, she really gets nasty (it also shows that the rabbit-proof fence that lent its name to the 2002 movie clearly didn't work in holding back the leporid plague).

So how to interpret this movie? It looks at face value like one of the many instances of a seemingly cute girl having a not so cute side (think "The Bad Seed"). One might say that the rabbits play a role similar to the ones in "Night of the Lepus" and "Donnie Darko", even though Celia's rabbit doesn't do anything. I guess that it's worth seeing, if only once.

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