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Celia (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | December 1989 (USA)
An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia.

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Ann Turner

Writer:

Ann Turner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Smart Rebecca Smart ... Celia Carmichael
Nicholas Eadie Nicholas Eadie ... Ray Carmichael
Victoria Longley Victoria Longley ... Alice Tanner
Mary-Anne Fahey Mary-Anne Fahey ... Pat Carmichael
Margaret Ricketts Margaret Ricketts ... Grandmother
Alexander Hutchinson Alexander Hutchinson ... Steve Tanner
Adrian Mitchell Adrian Mitchell ... Karl Tanner
Callie Gray Callie Gray ... Meryl Tanner
Martin Sharman Martin Sharman ... Evan Tanner
Clair Couttie Clair Couttie ... Heather Goldman
Alex Menglet ... Mr. Goldman
Amelia Frid Amelia Frid ... Stephanie Burke
William Zappa ... Inspector John Burke
Feon Keane Feon Keane ... Soapy Burke
Louise Le Nay Louise Le Nay ... Debbie Burke
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An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia.

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Child of Terror See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Celia: Child of Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Production Co:

Seon Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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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the rabbit-proof fence didn't work
16 July 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In summer, 2003, I took a class about Australian cinema. We watched films like "Walkabout", "Gallipoli" and "Rabbit-Proof Fence"; it might have thrown a wrench in the works had we watched "Celia". At the video/DVD store, I found it under the horror section, but it's only a horror flick in the loosest terms. The movie deals with a nine-year-old girl (Rebecca Smart) in 1950s Australia whose amorality and alienation from society drive her to complete madness; I think that that was the plot. Certainly it's ugly what Celia does, but seeing what the adults around her are like, I felt that I had no choice except to root for Celia.

The historical context involves the Cold War and the government's efforts to stop the rabbit infestation. As people tell Celia not to fraternize with children of communists, she grows more and more disenchanted with the world around her - after all, friends are supposed to be friends no matter what the parents' political activity. But when a cop takes away her pet rabbit, she really gets nasty (it also shows that the rabbit-proof fence that lent its name to the 2002 movie clearly didn't work in holding back the leporid plague).

So how to interpret this movie? It looks at face value like one of the many instances of a seemingly cute girl having a not so cute side (think "The Bad Seed"). One might say that the rabbits play a role similar to the ones in "Night of the Lepus" and "Donnie Darko", even though Celia's rabbit doesn't do anything. I guess that it's worth seeing, if only once.


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