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December 1989 (USA) See more »
A tale of innocence corrupted. See more »
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 »
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (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
Phillip Holder ... Vicar Shaw (as Philip Holder)
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Hoflin ... Boy with the rabbit

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
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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102 min | USA:103 min
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Continuity: The burn mark on Celia's rabbit is missing at the fishing docks.See more »


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6 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Adults have no clue to a child's world - do we?, 29 December 1998
Author: Dominik Kleebach ( from Surheim, Germany

As far as I can see, "Celia" is a complex movie about childhood that lacks something. It fails to make the viewer understand the way the heroine feels and thinks. The heroine is Celia, a young girl who grows up in Australia in the 1950s.

I must mention that I was way disappointed by the contents of the movie. If only because the plot summaries I read about it in diverse magazines turned out pretty wrong. They were like: "9-year-old Celia has no playmates except for her rabbit. When a policeman takes away the rabbit from her, she vows revenge." Alright, but that's not the gist of it. Celia is not an isolated or lonely little girl, first of all, she's rather horrifyingly lively. She does have playmates, three neighbour kids whose parents are communists. Celia actually spends more time with these kids and with their mother than she does with her own parents. Moreover, many scenes deal only with these children's play. Most of the time they play in some desert landscape, which seems kind of grotesque, where there is caves and rocks and sand - but hardly any people or animals. Grotesque - that's what the movie appears to be like. We have these two parties of kids: The children of the communists and the "communist haters" and they fight a rather serious battle. And we have that crazy idea of the government that rabbits were pests. I don't object to "grotesque" stories, but a certain deal of irony is required to make them enjoyable - this movie lacks irony.

Still we get a good impression of how complex the worlds children make up of their fantasy really are. We also learn how adults don't have any idea about the thoughts children have, about the crazy wars they deliver, about the friendship or the hate they feel. As this movie is seen through the eyes of a child, of course the adult's "play", i.e. the hate towards communists, is not dealt with very openly.

That wouldn't matter, if we were really offered the opportunity to identify with the child. But here the movie lacks care and empathy, we don't get close enough to little Celia - played by Rebecca Smart. This young actress doesn't do a bad job, that's for sure, but she isn't outstanding either. She's working about on the same level as the whole movie is.

I'll vote "6" for "slightly above mediocre", v e r y slightly, honestly.

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