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What the Moon Saw (1990)

Steven Wilsonis sent to Melbourne from the outback to spend his holidays with his Grandmother, an old time Tivoli showgirl/dancer. He becomes drawn into the world of the theatre, where the ... See full summary »

Director:

Pino Amenta

Writer:

Frank Howson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Shephard Andrew Shephard ... Steven Wilson
Pat Evison Pat Evison ... Gran
Kim Gyngell ... Jim Shilling
Danielle Spencer ... Emma
Kurt Ludescher Kurt Ludescher ... George
Mark Hennessy ... Tony
Jan Friedl Jan Friedl ... Miss Melrose
Adrian Wright ... Kurt
Ross Thompson Ross Thompson ... Damien Hardy
Max Phipps ... Mr. Zachary
Gary Sweet ... Alan Wilson
Robyn Gibbes Robyn Gibbes ... Bev Wilson
Tibor Gyapjas Tibor Gyapjas ... Teenager on train
Ian McKean Ian McKean ... Audition pianist
Jane Coghlan Jane Coghlan ... Beryl
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Steven Wilsonis sent to Melbourne from the outback to spend his holidays with his Grandmother, an old time Tivoli showgirl/dancer. He becomes drawn into the world of the theatre, where the illusion is everything and grease-paint covers up reality. While watching a pantomime of Sinbad, Steven succumbs to the magic of the story and actually becomes the sailor on his greatest adventure ever. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ferien mit Sindbad See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Referenced in Frankly Speaking: A Conversation with Frank Howson (2012) See more »

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a glimpse of the sea of plenty
6 March 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Australia has a habit of producing extraordinarily beautiful children's films. This film: WHAT THE MOON SAW is one of them. I do not know where Producer Frank Howson is today, but he needs to get this film onto DVD immediately so the audience it deserves can find it. Set in a make believe world of shambles matinée theatre, this delightful tale of a lonely young boy finding a major ray of golden sun enter his life when he visits an aunt and spends his holiday backstage is greatly unappreciated and needs rediscovery. Released slightly in 1990 for the holidays it received warm reviews and vanished. Superb costume and art direction and with more than a hint of genuine magic, WHAT THE MOON SAW belongs to that great tradition of OZ children's film that feeds the adult emotion and sensibility. Other great films from Oz like this are; SAY A LITTLE PRAYER, STORM BOY and the multi award winning NO WORRIES. Each excellent and different. WHAT THE MOON needs to see in 2005 is the DVD player and loving families.


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