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Peter Cattaneo (screenplay) and
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  (in credits order)
Sapphire Boyce ... Kellyanne Williamson
Christian Byers ... Ashmol Williamson

Vince Colosimo ... Rex Williamson

Jacqueline McKenzie ... Annie Williamson

Robert Morgan ... Sid
Anna Linarello ... Betsy

Denise Roberts ... Vera Dunkley

Peter Callan ... Dan Dunkley
Stephen Potter ... Lyndon Dunkley
Sharni Honor ... Sandra Dunkley

Lisa Flanagan ... Ms Banamooka
Anthony Braun ... Lyndon's Gang
Casey Frew ... Lyndon's Gang
Martin Grava ... Lyndon's Gang
Roberto Crisa ... Jes
Alan O'Toole ... Curtis

David Field ... Jack the Quack
Michael Allen ... Ronnie
Eliza Lovell ... Pat

Adam Morgan ... Donny
Robert Menzies ... Humph
Peter Douglas ... Pete

Andy McPhee ... Harris
Robert Hamblyn ... Heavy Miner
John Clark ... Neville
James Edwards ... Court Clerk

Kerry Ann Reid ... Stenographer (as Kerry Reid)

Nicholas Bell ... Judge McNulty

Andy Anderson ... Nichols
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Hayley Staveley ... (voice)
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Directed by
Peter Cattaneo 
Writing credits
Peter Cattaneo (screenplay) and
Phil Traill (screenplay) &
Ben Rice (screenplay)

Ben Rice (novella "Pobby and Dingan")

Produced by
Elisa Argenzio .... line producer
Finola Dwyer .... executive producer
Angus Finney .... executive producer
Lizie Gower .... producer
Robert Jones .... executive producer
Nick Morris .... producer
Kate Myers .... associate producer
Ben Rice .... executive producer
Emile Sherman .... producer
Michael Solinger .... associate producer (as Mike Solinger)
Karen Sproul .... producer: opal shoot
David Thompson .... executive producer (as David M. Thompson)
Original Music by
Dario Marianelli 
Cinematography by
Robert Humphreys 
Film Editing by
Jim Clark 
Nicolas Gaster 
Casting by
Nikki Barrett 
Production Design by
Elizabeth Mary Moore 
Art Direction by
Nell Hanson 
Set Decoration by
Robert Webb 
Costume Design by
Ruth De la Lande 
Makeup Department
Anna Gray .... hair stylist
Anna Gray .... makeup artist
Jennifer Lamphee .... hair stylist (as Jen Lamphee)
Jennifer Lamphee .... makeup artist (as Jen Lamphee)
Fiona Rees-Jones .... hair stylist supervisor (as Fiona Rees Jones)
Fiona Rees-Jones .... makeup supervisor (as Fiona Rees Jones)
Sue Taylor .... hair stylist
Sue Taylor .... makeup artist
Production Management
Andrew Marshall .... unit manager
Bianca Martino .... production manager: opal shoot
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brendan Campbell .... first assistant director
Mark Knight .... additional assistant director: second unit
Brad Lanyon .... third assistant director
Kara Masters .... assistant director: second unit
Luke Mclean .... additional assistant director: second unit (as Luke McLean)
Toni Raynes .... second assistant director
Annie Maver .... additional first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Graeme Bambridge .... scenic backdrops
Shane Bennett .... stand-by props
Coverley Brown .... construction manager
Sally Clarke .... art department coordinator
Steve Craig .... carpenter
Beth Garswood .... graphic designer
Simon S. Ingerson .... model maker (as Simon Ingerson)
Xan Lamphee .... props buyer
Xan Lamphee .... set dresser
Chris Landreth .... additional carpenter
Matt Landreth .... additional carpenter
Kylie Lawson .... scenic painter
Jeni Lee .... art department assistant
John Moore .... construction manager
Nick Moore .... carpenter
Steve Murrell .... carpenter
Sam Noack .... painter
Obie O'Brien .... stand-by props: second unit (as Alex 'Obie' O'Brien)
Yuri Poetzl .... assistant stand-by props
Paul Spence .... carpenter
Andy Stephens .... art department runner
David Swanson .... props buyer
David Swanson .... set dresser
Fiona Taylor .... brush hand
Jocelyn Thomas .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Mike Bakaloff .... boom operator
Helen Brown .... foley artist
Nicholas Byrnes .... foley artist
Jason Canovas .... dialogue editor
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Jason Cole .... adr recordist
Wendy Czajkowsky .... adr mixer
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Goodes .... adr recordist
Matthew Gough .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Hands .... dialogue editor
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: Dolby
Paul Huntingford .... foley artist
Toivo Lember .... sound recordist
Duncan McAllister .... foley recordist
Mark Paterson .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Prestwood Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Jamie Roden .... adr recordist
Steve Schwalbe .... foley editor
Nigel Stone .... supervising sound editor
Tony Vaccher .... foley recordist
Mike Wood .... sound effects editor
Andy Wright .... adr recordist
Nick Foley .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Phil Freudenfeld .... sound studio technician (uncredited)
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tim O'Brien .... special effects technician
Peter Stubbs .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor .... visual effects producer: Moving Picture Company
Bruce Curnow .... matte painter: Moving Picture Company
Douglas Larmour .... visual effects supervisor: Moving Picture Company
Ben Stallard .... visual effects producer: Moving Picture Company
Ziggy Zigouras .... Inferno artist: MPC
Lance Anderson .... stunt performer
Zev Eleftheriou .... stunt coordinator
Graham Jahne .... stunt double: Rex
Siros Niaros .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Blobel .... grip assistant: second unit
Mal Booth .... grip: second unit
Chris Dewhurst .... electrician
David Foreman .... camera operator: second unit
David Foreman .... cinematographer: second unit
John Foster .... focus puller: second unit
Paul Hamlyn .... additional grip
Robertto Karas .... additional electrician (as Roberto Karas)
Brendan Madden .... best boy
Robbie Morgan .... key grip
Matt Nettheim .... still photographer (as Matthew Nettheim)
Shane O'Dwyer .... electrician
Corey Piper .... cinematographer: opal shoot
Richard Rees-Jones .... gaffer (as Richard Rees Jones)
Mark Rogers .... still photographer
Kevin Scott .... focus puller
Trent Skipper .... video assist operator
Justin Sykes .... additional grip
Lisa Tomasetti .... still photographer
Nigel Tomkinson .... clapper loader
Vonnie Van Gyen .... additional grip
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... voice casting
Angela Heesom .... additional casting: Angela Heesom Casting
Danny Long .... casting assistant
Lorraine Sternberg .... extras casting
Antonia Halse .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nunya Glazbrook .... costume assistant
Marriott Kerr .... costume supervisor (as Mariot Kerr)
Anita Seiler .... costume buyer
Heather Wallace .... costume stand-by
Verity Webb .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Gavin Buckley .... associate editor
Ray Daley .... assistant rushes supervisor
Paul Ensby .... digital colorist: Technicolor Creative Services
Kim Gaster .... assistant editor
Jolyon Haverson .... post-production coordinator
Gareth Maynard .... digital intermediate project manager: Technicolor Creative Services
Silvana Milat .... post-production coordinator: Australia
Steve O'Leary .... digital restoration
Dave Rees .... color timer
Dominic Thomson .... on-line editor: Technicolor Creative Services (as Dom Thomson)
Claus Wehlisch .... assistant editor
Samantha Welland .... post-production coordinator
Neil Wood .... colorist: dailies
Mark Wright .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Niall Acott .... music recordist
James Bellamy .... music editor
Matt Biffa .... music research and clearance
Hugh Burns .... musician: guitar
Ruth Chan .... assistant to composer
Ruth Chan .... score preparation
Peter Clarke .... music editor
Mark Cox .... musician: guitar
Christian Henson .... composer: additional music
Christian Henson .... music producer
Christian Henson .... musician: keyboards, percussion and programming
Matthew Hunt .... musician: clarinet and saxophone
David Juritz .... orchestra leader
Dario Marianelli .... conductor
Dario Marianelli .... music producer
Steve Orchard .... music mixer
Brendan Power .... musician: harmonica
Steven Price .... music mixer (as Steve Price)
Maggie Rodford .... music supervisor: Air-Edel
Hilary Skewes .... musician contractor
James Stone .... assistant music engineer
Nick Taylor .... assistant music engineer
Dominic Thomas .... music researcher (as Dom Thomas)
Benjamin Wallfisch .... orchestrator (as Ben Wallfisch)
Alison Wright .... music supervisor: Air-Edel
Joe Henson .... musician: bass guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Rudi Tuisk .... vehicle coordinator
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Rebecca Anderson .... accounting assistant
Liz Armstrong .... unit assistant
Yani Aslamatzis .... security: Silverline Security
Mechele Axford .... assistant to producer
Elspeth Baird .... production accountant
Amelia Bensley-Nettheim .... stand-in
Sarah Best .... production and finance coordinator: BBC Films
Jenny Bichard .... safety assistant (as Jen Bichard)
Jenny Bichard .... unit nurse (as Jen Bichard)
Peta Bradford .... production runner
Lee Breasley .... business development manager (as Lee Beasley)
Jessica Brentnall .... assistant to director
Pauline Burt .... risk manager: Mansfield Associates
Sally Caplan .... head of premiere fund: UK Film Council (as Sally Caplin)
Helen Clarke .... caterer: Hel's Kitchen
Robyn Coombs .... caterer: Hel's Kitchen
Daniel Cotter .... stand-in
Mason Curtis .... location manager
Rene Deru .... additional accountant
Anna Didonna .... stand-in
Victoria Eagger .... drama coach: children
Zev Eleftheriou .... safety supervisor
Will Evans .... head of business affairs: UK Film Council
Ruth Fallon .... stand-in
Benjamin Garland .... unit runner
Wayne Gilmour .... unit assistant
Claire Hall .... production coordinator
Claire Hall .... travel coordinator
Tarn Harper .... post-production accountant
Kym Hartley .... stand-in
John Hedley .... travel consultant
Vince Holden .... head of production finance: UK Film Council
Kerri Hudson .... production secretary
Christine Hutchins .... production coordinator
Steve Joberns .... auditor: AGN Shipleys
Mark 'Sharky' Johnson .... unit assistant
Tim Johnson .... legal services: UK, S.J. Berwin
Sophie Johnstone .... assistant to producer
Nick Likouresis .... stand-in
Victor Meertens .... caterer: Hel's Kitchen
Bryce Menzies .... legal services: Australia, Marshall & Dent
Fiona Morham .... head of physical production: UK Film Council
Richard Nicholas .... additional accountant
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact
Brock Norman Brock .... production executive: UK Film Council
Viron Papadopoulos .... accounting assistant
Angelika Papamanos .... stand-in
Asterios Papamanos .... stand-in
Andrew Pollock .... unit assistant
Mona Qureshi .... development executive: BBC Films
Charlie Reid .... legal services: UK, S.J. Berwin
Bruce Ross .... unit assistant
Livy Sandler .... legal & business affairs manager: BBC Films
Fiona Searson .... unit publicist
Michael Simmons .... tutor/chaperone
Katrina Stagner .... legal services: Davenport Lyons
Dieter Sternberg .... location liaison
Peter Touche .... sale and leaseback finance: Ingenious Films Ltd.
Scott Warwick .... armorer
Simon Wilkinson .... contact: Technicolor Creative Services
Kristin Witcombe .... script supervisor
Michael Wood .... production executive: BBC Films
Jane Wright .... head of rights & commercial affairs: BBC Films
Iain Canning .... special thanks

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements, language and some violence
Australia:85 min | USA:86 min
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Story of reconciliation, 9 June 2008
Author: nevadaluke from United States

Screened on DVD June 8, 2008

It's a warm holiday season in the South Australia mining town of Coober Pedy, and for the Williamson family, festivities are juggled around nine-year-old Kellyanne's devotion to her invisible playmates, Pobby and Dingan, and her dad, Rex's, single-minded pursuit of the perfect opal.

The hypnotic gems possess a dangerous allure, as the girl's brother, Ashmol, says in his framing narration to "Opal Dream." Everybody comes to the place to dream -- presumably about a better life somewhere -- as they dig for opals. The more you dream, the deeper you want to dig, but if you dig too deep, you might never get out -- never wake up, he says.

For the Williamsons, the town offers dreams and not much else. Rex hopes to strike it rich for his wife, Annie, and their kids. But after a year in town, they don't have much. Rex needs a bit of luck at the races to afford the kids' Christmas presents.

Moving to Coober Pedy has taken the hardest toll on Kellyanne, for whom Pobby and Dingan are two very real people, and she shares with everyone her enthusiasm for her friends' artistic, gentle, natures. "They're pacifists," she explains.

Her teacher says Kellyanne has a vivid imagination but she's a dreamer who doesn't have many friends -- "she doesn't find people very easy." When Rex complains about Pobby and Dingan, Annie points out that they're as real as opals are to him.

Rex has his share of more tangible problems. He has relocated after an apparently minor brush with the law, and he finds himself in a community of narrow-minded ruffians who don't coddle to "ratters" -- blokes that come around at night and noodle around your claim for highly prized colored opals.

Adapted from a Ben Rice novel, "Pobby and Dingan," the movie "Opal Dream" is the story of Rex's reconciliation with his new town and his growing family as two crises unfold.

It all starts off innocently. In a clumsy but well-meaning attempt to wean his daughter off Pobby and Dingan, Rex offers to take the amorphous pair along to the mines with him and Ashmol while she and Mom go to a holiday party. Kellyanne agrees, but when he comes home without her unseen sidekicks, Kellyanne talks him into going back to look for them. When he does, the bloke at a nearby mine discovers Rex on his claim and calls the cops.

Rex is soon headed to a hearing to face mining violation charges. Worse, the whole town turns on the family: Annie loses her job at a grocery store and, when Ashmol goes for a bike ride, he finds a rat swinging from the handlebars left by a gang of jeering kids. Again, Kellyanne gets the worst of it -- without Pobby and Dingan around, she falls ill and, to the bafflement of her doctors, steadily deteriorates.

The way the reconciliation is achieved carries the story satisfactorily through Act III. But the climax and resolution are squeezed together so tightly that the outcome for all the characters can only be described as ambiguous, especially for poor Kellyanne, whose actions were only the metaphor for her family's isolation.

Director Peter Cattaneo's production has an outstanding cast throughout, particularly the Williamson clan. Production values are excellent. Newcomer Sapphire Boyce is a strikingly beautiful child.

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