Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990. Resident David Gray, an unemployed gun collector, went on a rampage in which 13 people were shot dead, before Gray himself was shot by police.
After not having seen each other in five years, Chris Terry goes to visit his younger sister Noelle Terry in Montréal. Their lives, both together and apart, have been turbulent ones with ... See full summary »
A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While ... See full summary »
This is the first film to be funded by the Australian Film Commission's IndiVision Project Lab. See more »
Emily rides her bicycle everywhere but does not wear a bicycle helmet. Australian states had all introduced legislation requiring bicycle riders to wear helmets by 1992. As this film appears to be set after then, Emily should be wearing one. It is most noticeable as a goof when Carl Roberts (the police officer) sees her riding without a helmet and does nothing about it. See more »
Plot's a bit clichéd but everything else about this movie is good.
Despite the clichéd, somewhat melodramatic plotting, the characterisation, performances, photography and sets of Caterpillar Wish make this an absorbing and entertaining film about the complexities of life and relationships in a small coastal town. The characters are inflicted with some degree of inarticulateness about their feelings and an inability to acknowledge the big issues in their lives and, although this device can be a bit obvious, the film skillfully builds its dramatic tension from this base. Victoria Thaine is wonderful as Emily, the only person willing to seek a solution to her emotional dilemmas, whatever the cost, and Susie Porter turns in another great performance as her mum, scarred by her past. The photography is beautiful, making the most of the rugged coastal setting and successfully captures the ambiance of small town Australia. I guess this film just struck an emotional chord with me when it could have easily slid into overthetop melodrama or saccharine pap. You could argue that the ending is a bit neat and cheerful, but I'm not adverse to a happy ending from time to time.
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