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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:
Good movie, but mis-categorized as a horror film 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:
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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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Good movie, but mis-categorized as a horror film, 18 May 2010
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This strange little movie from the land Down Under is really two movies, one of which definitely works, but the other not so much. On one hand, it is a fairly realistic portrait of rural Australia in the 1950's that was dealing with both a plague of rabbits and of Communists. In retrospect, the wild rabbits had a far better chance of over-running conservative Australia than the commies, but the wars on both these "plagues" were somewhat similar in that, as well-intentioned as they may have been, a lot of innocents were caught in the crossfire. "Celia", the young heroine of this film, for instance, has recently lost her Communist grandmother and loses her only friends due to their parents ties to the Australian CP. The fateful blow,however, comes when she loses her beloved pet rabbit "Murgatroyd" to the authorities.

"Celia" is portrayed as having a rich fantasy life that leaves her disturbed and even dangerously disconnected from reality (not unlike the two young girls in the later Peter Jackson kiwi film "Heavenly Creatures"). However, the movie does not focus on this dark fantasy aspect nearly enough, and "Celia" is portrayed as a rather ordinary and, moreover, very sympathetic young girl, which makes the one scene of real-life violence that occurs (actually, it is left a little ambiguous) not very believable. It also doesn't help, as others have said, that in America they seized on the under-developed and unbelievable aspects by trying to market this as a horror movie. This is not quite as good as Peter Weir's famous Aussie film "Picnic at Hanging Rock", but like that movie it has been mis-categorized as a horror movie, and no doubt will disappoint fans of gory, visceral horror, while scaring away a lot of the foreign/art-film enthusiasts that might enjoy it. I actually like both horror and art films, but this is definitely mostly the latter. It would make a good double bill with "Picnic" or "Heavenly Creatures"--or, even better, the weird 1970's indie American film "The Orphan".

It is definitely very well made and the acting is excellent, especially the young Rebecca Smart (child actors in Commonwealth always seem to be far, far better actors than the cloying, "adorable" moppets Hollywood always insists on casting in their saccharine kiddie crap). Check it out if you get a chance.

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