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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:
Dead Rabbits See more (7 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
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
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:
Continuity: Celia's parents are having a barbecue. Celia gets her father a glass of beer. She moves with the glass to the table and waits at the other end. When cousin Stephanie comes, the beer glass has magically moved from Celia's hand to her fathers.See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Dead Rabbits, 12 October 2010
Author: Steve Skafte from Nova Scotia, Canada

This film made me uneasy. It's so real, so true to life, so light and so heavy, understated and over the top. It captures all the wild uneasiness and expression and off-center humanity of childhood, and makes it breathless and fully alive. It takes you all over the place. There's so many things going on, so many events and strange sights and sounds. The kids are swept along through some kind of strange journey, a backward and breathless running through life. This is not a horror film, or even a fantasy. It is a straightforward drama, that not only captures real life but delves deep into the sort of confused reality of imagination that children so often confuse with everything else.

This film made me uncomfortable. At times, it's alive and pure and safe and quiet. At other times, it's brash and explosive and emotionally uneasy. In the end, it's dark and deeply disturbed. You don't see it coming, but in a way, the ending colors everything that's come before. It's the believability that makes it so strange, so hard.

Rebecca Smart plays Celia. She shows a range of character that totally beyond expectation. She's confident, scared, awake, aware, confused. It takes a lot of time to understand all the complexities at work in her. Celia makes no sense, or maybe all too much. In the end, she becomes a more complete person. One who will live with things most of us could hardly even imagine.

Geoffrey Simpson's cinematography is totally realist. There's no strange photography, no experimentation. It's filmed like a regular story, without exaggeration. And it's all the better for it. This film's writer/director Ann Turner (who's done little else of note), creates a strange a powerful story with her understanding of character. She pushes through all of her strangest, most uneasy ideas without ever making you feel like you're not seeing real lives. Chris Neal creates some strongly effective music. It is at once timeless and perfectly fitting. It sounds little like any movie music I'd previously heard, but quite exactly fitting to the images. Otherworldly without feeling out of place.

"Celia" is not an average film. It sees and expresses things in a way utterly like any other in the history of film. It has no peers in this sense, and that alone makes it one of the most powerful cinematic experiences I've ever had. But the nature in how it grafts darkness to light, fear to joy, is disconcerting. If you still remember childhood, you can find yourself in the scenes of "Celia". This is not sensationalism. This is one little girl's precarious existence.

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