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December Boys ()


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One summer, four orphans boys who have grown to be the closest of friends find themselves competing for the attention of the same family.

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Maps
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Misty
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Sparks
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Spit
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Bandy
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Lucy
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Fearless
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Teresa
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Narrator / Adult Misty
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Mrs. McAnsh
Ralph Cotterill ...
Shellback
Frank Gallacher ...
Father Scully
Paul Blackwell ...
Watson
Judi Farr ...
Reverend Mother
Carmel Johnson ...
Sister Beatrice
Carole-Anne Fooks ...
Sister Edna
Rory Walker ...
Father
Suzie Wilks ...
Mother
Michael Norman ...
Adult Spark
Mike Welton ...
Adult Spit
Kobe Donaldson ...
Willie
Julian Jones ...
Older Boy
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Foreman
Laura Weston ...
Curvy Blonde
Kasey Willson ...
Cartwheeling Nun
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Cartwheeling Nun
Anna Westley ...
Cartwheeling Nun

Directed by

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Rod Hardy

Written by

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Ronald Kinnoch ... (story)
 
Michael Noonan ... (novel)
 
Marc Rosenberg ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Richard Becker ... producer
Hal Gaba ... executive producer
Barbara Gibbs ... line producer
Jay Sanders ... co-producer
Jonathan Shteinman ... executive producer

Music by

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Carlo Giacco

Cinematography by

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David Connell ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Dany Cooper

Editorial Department

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Bec Cubitt ... post-production coordinator
Jonathan Dixon ... digital intermediate producer: Atlab
Olivier Fontenay ... colorist: high definition, Atlab
Jamie Hediger ... digital conform editor
Teena Mestres ... first assistant editor
Basia Ozerski ... additional assistant editor
James Sdrinis ... additional assistant editor
Anthos Simon ... digital intermediate producer: Atlab

Casting By

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Ann Fay

Production Design by

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Leslie Binns

Art Direction by

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Andrew Walpole

Set Decoration by

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Karen Hannaford

Costume Design by

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Mariot Kerr

Makeup Department

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Christine Miller ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Michelle Morrisson ... hair assistant / makeup assistant
Fiona Rees-Jones ... hair supervisor / makeup supervisor
Jen Rossiter ... hair assistant / makeup assistant

Production Management

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Colleen Clarke ... post-production supervisor
Sally Clarke ... assistant production manager
Barbara Gibbs ... production manager
Stan Leman ... assistant unit manager
Nino Bol Negrin ... unit manager (as Nino Negrin)
Bill Daly ... post-production executive (uncredited)
Kevin L. James ... post executive assistant (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Rick Beecroft ... assistant director: second unit
Bob Donaldson ... first assistant director
Mark Knight ... third assistant director
Chris Langman ... second unit director
Sophie Stawaruk ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Liala Allain ... set finisher (as Leila Allain)
Lynette Binns ... art department buyer / set dresser
Derek Burgess ... carpenter
Clancy Burrowes ... work experience casual
Simon Clayton ... scenic artist
Steve Craig ... construction foreman
Graham Davis ... casual set finisher
Jeff Fuss ... carpenter
Graeme Galloway ... artist
John Gloyne ... carpenter
Samuel Hastwell ... work experience casual
Kim Howard ... construction foreman
Kerri Hudson ... art department coordinator / assistant art department buyer
Ric Huxholl ... carpenter (as Rick Huxholl)
Simon S. Ingerson ... model maker (as Simon Ingerson)
Indiana James ... supplier: Teresa's sculptures
Zlatko Kasumovic ... property master / stand-by props
Honi Keller ... art department buyer: KI / set dresser
Matt Landreth ... carpenter
Matthew Love ... construction foreman (as Matt Love)
Joseph Mallia ... art department buyer attachment
James Mellor ... work experience casual
Obie O'Brien ... set dresser (as Alex O'Brien)
Alan Pangrazio ... carpenter
Yuri Poetzl ... assistant stand-by props
Jason Segal ... set finisher
Paul Spencer ... construction manager
Andy Stephens ... art department runner
Michael Swingle ... set finisher
Gary Tapper ... carpenter
Donovan Whale ... carpenter
Rita Zanchetta ... graphics
Tracey Zealand ... brush hand

Sound Department

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Mike Bakaloff ... boom operator (as Michael Bakaloff)
Gethin Creagh ... re-recording mixer
Bruce Emery ... dolby consultant
Jason Hancock ... foley recordist
Scott Illingworth ... adr recordist
John Kassab ... post sound attachment
Toivo Lember ... sound recordist
Bronwyn Murphy ... dialogue editor
Andrew Plain ... sound designer
Liam Price ... sound effects editor
Brian Seagrave ... audio conform
Will Sheridan ... second boom operator
John Simpson ... foley artist
Alicia Slusarski ... sound effects editor
Rob Stankovich ... second boom operator
Jenny T. Ward ... dialogue editor (as Jenny Ward)
Megan Wedge ... assistant sound editor
Greg P. Fitzgerald ... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Iain Jamieson ... assistant adr recordist (uncredited)
Michael McMenomy ... adr engineer (uncredited)
Jamie Roden ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Daniel Houweling ... special effects technician (as Dan Houweling)
Sam Howden ... special effects technician
Clint Ingram ... special effects supervisor
Steve Rungwerth ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Simon Alberry ... I/O supervisor: Atlab / title effects: Atlab
Mark Bortolotto ... digital artist
Hayes Brien ... digital visual effects designer: Complete Post
Marc Collister ... visual effects editor: Complete Post
Brad Dunn ... compositor: Artlab
Rebecca Dunn ... digital supervisor: Atlab
Jason Edwards ... I/O operator: Atlab
Jeremy Fisher ... visual effects compositor: Complete Post
Gary Fulvio ... render wrangler: Complete Post
Leo Gomez ... I/O operator: Atlab
Cameron Gough ... 3D animator: Complete Post
Adrian Hauser ... lead visual effects colorist: Complete Post
Jamie Hediger ... compositor: Atlab
Sonia Heideman ... visual effects coordinator: Complete Post (as Sonia Cook)
Julian Hutchens ... 3D animator: Complete Post
Jeff Jaffers ... visual effects producer: Complete Post
Jarett Lee ... rotoscope artist: Complete Post
Peter Luczak ... I/O operator: Atlab
Shaun McKenna ... visual effects compositor: Complete Post
Matthew M. North ... compositor: Atlab (as Matthew North)
Andrea Parkes ... visual effects producer: Complete Post
Wilfred Patriarca ... digital visual effects designer: Complete Post
Richard Pritchard ... digital artist
Noel Richards ... lead 3D animator: Complete Post
Doug Roberts ... compositor: Atlab
Patrick Salter ... digital artist: Complete Post
Chad Sandeman ... compositor: Artlab
Chris Schwarze ... visual effects supervisor
Kerri Schwarze ... executive visual effects producer: Complete Post
Roger Sheng ... rotoscope artist: Complete Post
Takahiro Suzuki ... compositor: Atlab
Chris Ward ... digital artist: Complete Post
Henry Yekanians ... I/O operator: Atlab
Brad Floyd ... compositor: Atlab (uncredited)

Stunts

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Glenn Boswell ... stunt coordinator
Robert Jones ... stunt double: riding (as Rob Jones)
Ben Kasauskas ... stunt double
Amber Manto ... stunt double
Brooke Rickman ... stunt double
Jane Stanley ... stunt double
Marijke Rikki van Gyen ... stunt assistant (as Rikki Van Gyen)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Josh Axford ... electrician
Troy Hardy ... video split operator
Dennys Ilic ... special photographer
Peter Itsines ... tracking vehicle grip
Joe Janes ... best boy grip
Shane Jones ... assistant grip
Ben King ... second clapper loader
Robbie MacKinnon ... additional second assistant camera (as Robbie McKinnon)
Jordan Maddocks ... camera technician: continental mount
Simone Mazengarb ... kodak attachment
Peter McDougall ... camera operator: underwater
Robbie Morgan ... key grip
Luke Nixon ... second focus puller
Ryan Osborne ... electrician
Harry Panagiotidis ... Steadicam operator
Jim Sheedy ... assistant grip
Graeme Shelton ... gaffer
Dave Smith ... best boy electric
Darcy Sullivan ... assistant camera
Robert Tench ... clapper loader (as Rob Tench)
Dick Tummel ... camera operator: "b" camera
Jules Wurm ... first assistant
Hayden Crowther ... grip (uncredited)
Aaron Knight ... grip (uncredited)
Dick Tummel ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Angela Heesom ... extras casting
Marianne Jade ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jason Chalmers ... costumer
Jason Chalmers ... costumer
Giovina d'Angelo ... costume assistant (as Giovina D'Angelo)
Robyn Elliott ... costume supervisor
Nunya Glazbrook ... assistant costume stand-by
Irene Hendrie ... costume maker
Mariot Kerr ... wardrobe supervisor
Mary Partis ... costume maker
Heather Wallace ... costume stand-by

Location Management

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Sarah Abbey ... location manager
George Akl ... location manager: Melbourne

Music Department

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Cantillation ... musicians: choir
Christo Curtis ... music editor / score engineer
Christopher Doherty ... assistant score engineer
Carlo Giacco ... music producer / orchestrator
Bryce Jacobs ... orchestrator assistant
Alison Johnston ... music coordinator: orchestra & choir
James K. Lee ... orchestrator / score coordinator
Norman Parkhill ... music supervisor: Insync
Jessica Wells ... orchestrator
Brett Weymark ... conductor
Laura Bishop ... music preparation (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Susie Struth ... script supervisor
Daryl Watson ... continuity: second unit (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Tony Ursida ... car wrangler
Robert 'Spoggy' Ward ... boat and vehicle liaison

Other crew

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Ric Anderson ... safety officer
Elspeth Baird ... production accountant
Louise Balloch ... travel services: Stage & Screen
Christian Barratt-Hill ... adr loop group (as Christian Barrett-Hill)
Sue Bishop ... production runner
Tom Bracey ... adr loop group
Anni Browning ... completion bond: Film Finances Inc.
Evanne Chesson ... animal wrangler (as Evanna Chessom)
Bernadette Cogin ... adr loop group
Cathy Cohen ... unit nurse
Linda Cropper ... adr loop group
Michelle Doake ... adr loop group
Grant Dodwell ... adr loop group
Alan Dukes ... adr loop group
Angela Foley ... unit nurse
Shayne Francis ... adr loop group
Tony Gibbs ... insurance broker: H.W. Wood Australia
Robbie Henley ... supplied trucks
Michelle Hunt ... title designer: Atlab
Craig Ilsley ... helicopter pilot
Michael Kildare ... unit assistant
Tony Lynch ... safety report
Caroline Man ... assistant: Mr. radcliffe
Alex Marcus ... catering assistant: Creative Catering
Steve Marcus ... caterer
Debbie Marks ... executive assistant
Julia Martin ... unit nurse
Michelle McGowan ... unit nurse
Heather McMahon ... unit nurse
Kate Meyer ... post-production accountant: Katmadhu Productions Inc
Heather-Jean Moyes ... travel coordinator
Django Nou ... unit assistant
Daniel Paleologos ... production runner
Parry Papadopoulos ... unit assistant
Viron Papadopoulos ... assistant accountant
Alison Parker ... production secretary
Sam Parsonson ... adr loop group
Chris Pike ... unit assistant
Robert Reeve ... production lawyer
Marcos Rehlaender ... unit assistant (as Marcus Rehlaender)
Jeremy Rosenstrauss ... adr loop group
Tim Rosenstrauss ... adr loop group
Fiona Searson ... unit publicist
Raj Sidhu ... adr loop group
Nina Therapou ... assistant: Mr. Becker
Brad Thomas ... travel services: The Travel Bureau
Rachael Thompson ... production runner
Jake Walker ... adr loop group
Rod Walker ... travel services: Stage & Screen
Anna Westley ... production runner
Christine Williams ... production attachment
Sara Yates ... assistant: Mr. Hardy

Thanks

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Rocky Bester ... special thanks
Maura Fay ... in memory of
David Hannay ... special thanks
Michael Noonan ... in memory of
Craig M. Saavedra ... special thanks

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

An adult nicknamed Misty is narrating a story about one summer in his life when he was an adolescent in the late 1960s. He was living in a Catholic orphanage in the Australian outback. His best mates were the "December boys" - Maps, Spark and Spit - the four of them so named because they were the boys in the orphanage born in the month of December. With a recent windfall, the orphanage decided to give each of the boys a group vacation for each of their birthdays, the December boys the first to go. Their vacation was to Lady Star Cove on the Australian coast, to stay at the home of Mrs. and Mrs. McAnsh - Bandy and "Skipper". Their relatively carefree Christmas vacation took a turn primarily from three events: learning the reason the McAnshes hosted the boys specifically at this time; Maps, the oldest in his mid-teens, exploring his sexuality with a girl named Lucy, who was also visiting Lady Star Cove for the summer; and Misty secretly learning that a young couple in the cove, Fearless and Teresa, were thinking about adopting one of them, the couple who were unable to conceive a child of their own. Beyond the dreams of especially the younger three to be adopted by a loving family, Fearless had the extra wow factor of being a stunt motorcyclist as his profession. Misty, the youngest, tried the hardest to be the one chosen, even initially keeping the fact of Fearless and Teresa thinking about adopting one of them from the other three. Misty concludes his story with the reason why he is telling it at this stage in his life. Written by Huggo

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Taglines After that summer nothing would ever be the same again. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Los chicos de diciembre (Spain)
  • ディセンバー・ボーイズ (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Un verano para toda la vida (Peru)
  • Gruodžio berniukai (Lithuania)
  • Декабрьские мальчики (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Freddie Highmore (age 13 when the feature was filmed) was originally set to star. His agent and mother also represents Daniel Radcliffe (age 16 during filming) which is how Daniel came on board; Freddie had to pull out because his grandmother became sick and he couldn't leave England to film in Australia. See more »
Goofs Although the film is apparently set in the 1950s or early 1960s at most, the record Maps finds in the cave features Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky", released in 1969. Later, when Maps and Lucy listen to another record, the song played is Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain?", released in 1970. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Michael Clayton/December Boys/The Jane Austen Book Club/The Heartbreak Kid/The Seeker (2007). See more »
Soundtracks December Boys See more »
Quotes Maps: Just remember Misty, no matter what, you're still a December boy.
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