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Director:
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 »
User Reviews:
Lord of the Flies for girls See more (8 total) »

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
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
 
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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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Lord of the Flies for girls, 2 June 1999
Author: Heather Middleton from Glasgow

It is with a heavy heart that I note Celia, possibly my favourite film, is now being marketed with a tacky subtitle. This film is comparable to Jane Campion's work and is anything but a straight horror film, with a subtle characterisation and a compassionate yet unsentimental picture of childhood not generally associated with that genre. The narrative viewpoint is well sustained, with the grownup world of barbecues, blacklists, and affairs observed from a child's angle. The horror in question is in Celia's imagination, which, like that of all children, plays out the stresses of her own family and her culture. Various plagues - literal and metaphoric - impinge on her world, from myxomatosis to communism. Fans of blood and gore will be disappointed. The film is an unhurried portrait of 50s Australia, the pressure to conform, childhood, death. Its climax is sharp and bloody but logical; as is the lightness of the ending. As a touchstone, think of the daughter in the Piano, with her outrageous storybook lies, her spontaneity, her hurt rebellion, and her ultimate childishness. Just don't think Carrie. This is gem of a film, and let's face it, Hollywood churns out a lot of disappointing ones. As soon as you see the opening titles with Rebecca Smart's expressive face glancing all around her, while the theme music plays, you'll realise you're in the hands of a very talented director.

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