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All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?

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Thomas Mollison
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Charlie Mollison
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Maggie Mollison
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Simon Mollison
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Jackie Masters
Sarah Woods ...
Woman Next Door
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Kid Next Door
Makirum Fahey-Leigh ...
Mate of Kid Next Door
Oliver Brookes ...
Other Mate of Kid Next Door
Jan Ringrose ...
Neighbour
Bradley Orford ...
Neighbour
Zelie Bullen ...
Mother in Van
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Mr. Masters
Deborah Piper ...
Janet - Social Worker
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Trevor - Social Worker
Jim Maxwell ...
Cricket Commentator (voice) (as James Maxwell)
Rebecca Massey ...
Miss Babb
Ryan Clark ...
Dean
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Bucko
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Sally
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James
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Chris
Elle-May Patterson ...
Kylie
Carla Gee ...
Caroline
Toby Molineaux ...
Student Who Gets Hit
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Maths Teacher
Paul Doyle ...
P.E. Teacher
Andrew James ...
Teacher at Fight
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Russell
Ngoc Phan ...
Teacher's Aide
Sally Evans ...
Girl on Bus
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Elizabeth
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Russell's Mum
George Badawi ...
Russell's Dad
Jeffery Armstrong ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Robert Armstrong ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Rosemary Armstrong ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
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Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Alexander Berlage ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
George Bountros ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Matthew Cahill ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Cameron Fyfe ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Jordan Hagivassilis ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Tyne Miller ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Lachlan Monaghan ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Jared Ohlstein ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Mathew Parsons ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Amy Jo Farrow Potts ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Andrew Ryan ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Ellie Singer ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Edward Smith ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat'
Kieran Smith ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Gemma Thomas ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Jackson T. Trout ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Tom Trout ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
Shai de Vletter-Sont ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat'
Sonny Vrebac ...
Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat' (as Sinisa Vrebac)
Arahni Sont ...
Teacher
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Teacher
Judy Singer ...
Teacher
Terry Flanagan ...
Bus Driver
Millie Spencer-Brown ...
Checkout Girl (as Millie Spencer Brown)
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Supermarket Customer
Birthe Nohrden ...
Supermarket Customer
Jennifer Cutler ...
Maternity Ward Patient
Michael Allison ...
Maternity Ward Husband
Martin Lynes ...
Emergency Doctor
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Emergency Nurse
Sofia Fedirchuk ...
Baby Sophie
Indigo Cumming ...
Baby Sophie
James Duffy ...
Baby Sophie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Meritakis ...
Daniel (uncredited)
Louise Sykes ...
Maternity Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by

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Elissa Down ... (directed by)

Written by

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Elissa Down ... (written by) &
Jimmy Jack ... (written by) (as Jimmy The Exploder)

Produced by

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Sally Ayre-Smith ... co-producer / line producer
Anita Belgiorno-Nettis ... executive producer
Sally Chesher ... executive producer
Toni Collette ... executive producer
Elissa Down ... co-producer
Mark Gooder ... executive producer
Jimmy Jack ... co-producer (as Jimmy the Exploder)
Tristram Miall ... producer (produced by)
Mark Turnbull ... co-producer

Music by

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Michael Yezerski ... (music by)

Cinematography by

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Denson Baker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Veronika Jenet ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Trish Cahill ... digital intermediate colorist
Ben Crowley ... on-line assistant
Cameron D'Arcy ... digital intermediate assistant
Warren Eagles ... colorist: dailies
Heather Galvin ... digital intermediate smoke operator
Katherine Heads ... post-production coordinator
Sally Johnson ... colorist: dailies
Maria Kaltenthaler ... assistant editor
Justin McDonald ... dailies advisor
Simon Morris ... digital intermediate assistant
Rollo Pinsent ... editing attachment
Anne Robinson ... digital intermediate longform manager
Justin Ngy Tran ... digital intermediate supervisor
Kento Watanabe ... on-line assistant
Leroy Wolf ... color timer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Nikki Barrett ... (casting)

Production Design by

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Nicholas McCallum ... (as Nick McCallum)

Art Direction by

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Matthew Putland

Set Decoration by

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Jodie Whetter

Costume Design by

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Claire Granville

Makeup Department

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Kate Birch ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Lara Jade Birch ... hair stylist (as Lara Jade) / makeup artist (as Lara Jade)
Bob McCarron ... special makeup effects artist
Wizzy Molineaux ... makeup designer
Jennifer Stanfield ... additional hair stylist (as Jen Stanfield) / additional makeup artist (as Jwn Stanfield)
Lynn Wheeler ... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist

Production Management

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Colleen Clarke ... post-production manager: PPost & Deliver
Sue MacKay ... production manager
James Sdrinis ... post-production manager: PPost & Deliver
Peter Vertzagias ... assistant unit manager
Cameron Wintour ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Brendan Barry ... additional assistant director
Sophie Bennett ... directing attachment
Jane Griffin ... second assistant director
Nick Heygate ... third assistant director
Hamish Roxburgh ... additional assistant director
Eddie Thorne ... additional assistant director
Mark Turnbull ... first assistant director
Joshua Watkins ... additional assistant director (as Josh Watkins)

Art Department

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Chris Harris ... art department assistant
Renee Hoare ... props buyer / set dresser
Nick Volpe ... art department attachment
Dillon Yeats ... stand-by props
Ingrid Weir ... art department graphics (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Yulia Akerholt ... dialogue editor
Steve Burgess ... sound effects editor
Marconi de Morais ... dubbing mixer
Leah Katz ... assistant dialogue editor
Kieran McVeigh ... assistant sound editor
Ben Osmo ... sound recordist
Andrew Parsons ... second boom attachment
Paul Pirola ... re-recording mixer / sound designer
Blair Slater ... foley artist
Mario Vaccaro ... foley artist
Mark van Kool ... boom operator
David White ... adr recordist
Andy Wright ... adr recordist
Michael McMenomy ... adr engineer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Karl McManus ... special effects: Image FX
Dave Roberts ... special effects: Image FX

Visual Effects by

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Lindsay Adams ... compositing lead: Animal Logic
Morgane Furio ... visual effects supervisor: Animal Logic
Matt Greig ... compositor: Animal Logic
Jason Hawkins ... compositor: Animal Logic
Edwina Hayes ... senior visual effects producer: Animal Logic
Jayne Herrmann ... visual effects producer: Animal Logic
Julien Leveugle ... compositor: Animal Logic
Marco Nero ... digital matte painter: Animal Logic
Murray Smallwood ... compositor: Animal Logic
Jamie Wood ... compositor: Animal Logic

Stunts

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Lawrence Woodward ... action coordinator
Terry Flanagan ... stunt driver: bus driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mark Alston ... additional video split operator
Denson Baker ... camera operator: "a" camera
Simon Cardwell ... additional still photographer
Simon Chapman ... camera operator: "b" camera
Matt Clyde ... additional electrician
Garfield Darlington ... additional electrician
Ben Dugard ... additional electrician
Jeff Eastman ... additional grip
Drew English ... additional clapper loader
Geoff Full ... additional grip
Peter Giuliani ... third electrician
Craig Jackson ... additional grip
Ben Jasper ... clapper loader: "b" camera
Pim Kulk ... clapper loader
James Lengel ... additional electrician
Gerard Maher ... additional clapper loader
Christopher Lee Miles ... video split operator (as Chris Miles)
Morag Mirankar ... additional clapper loader
Jules O'Loughlin ... additional camera operator
Alby Orellana ... focus puller
Scott Parsons ... best boy grip
Justin Plummer ... best boy
Jaan Ranniko ... additional video split operator
Mark Rogers ... still photographer
Kate Rose ... additional focus puller
Stephen Szafranek ... additional grip
Robert Tench ... additional clapper loader
Matt Toll ... additional first assistant camera
Viliami Topui ... grip assistant
Jay Torta ... additional focus puller
Jason Trew ... key grip
Jason Weekes ... additional grip
Simon Williams ... gaffer

Casting Department

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Ashleigh-Kate Brooks ... extras casting assistant (as Ashleigh Brooks)
Danny Long ... casting associate
Jayne Montague ... extras casting assistant
Dex Tallo ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sarah Brest ... additional stand-by costumer
Kirsten Doak ... costume buyer
Marilyn Down ... seamstress
Kate Granville ... assistant stand-by costumer
Jill Guice ... key stand-by costumer (as Jilly Guice)
Sam Perkins ... additional stand-by costumer
Carol Tee ... costume supervisor
Warwick Young ... costume advisor: military

Location Management

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Annelies Norland ... location manager

Music Department

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Joe Accaria ... musician: featured soloist
Daniel Baker ... composer assistant
Jeremy Barnett ... musician: featured soloist
Laura Bishop ... music preparation: Jigsaw Music
Darryl Carthew ... musician: featured soloist
Paul Jarman ... musician: featured soloist
Brenda Lee Jones ... musician: featured soloist
Peter Kennard ... musician: featured soloist
Stephen Lalor ... musician: featured soloist
Genevieve Lang ... musician: featured soloist
James K. Lee ... music preparation: Jigsaw Music
Christopher Nelius ... composer: additional music (as Chris Nelius) / score producer (as Chris Nelius)
Norman Parkhill ... music supervisor
Ben Pritchard ... assistant music engineer
Phil Punch ... music mixer: Electric Avenue / music recordist: Electric Avenue
Veronique Serret ... musician: featured soloist / orchestra contractor
Ganesh Singaram ... assistant music engineer
James Tawadros ... musician: featured soloist
Joseph Tawadros ... musician: featured soloist
Jessica Wells ... music preparation: Jigsaw Music
Michael Yezerski ... score producer
Jonathon Zwartz ... musician: featured soloist (as Jonathan Zwartz)
Claire McCarthy ... musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Mike Horvath ... driver: cast
Matt Worth ... vehicle consultant

Other crew

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Tatjana Alexis ... adr loop group
Tony Anderson ... additional unit assistant
Tobias Andersson ... production runner
Jeremy Atcliffe ... production accountant
Craig Blair ... caterer: Kollage Katering
Ashleigh-Kate Brooks ... stand-in: Jackie (as Ashleigh Brooks)
Charmaine Bunning ... adr loop group
Frank Cacchione ... liaison: Defense
Brian Carpenter ... unit assistant
Anthony Cogin ... adr loop group (as Tony Cogin)
Al Colman ... additional unit assistant
Nicla Comparin ... choreography intern
Renee Costello ... adr loop group
Annie Crossan ... assistant to choreographer
Emma Dickinson ... adr loop group
Gregory Down ... military advisor
Patrick Elkington ... additional unit assistant (as Pat Elkington)
Neil Faulkner ... additional unit assistant
Robert Festinger ... advisor: Aurora
Kerry Fetzer ... caterer: Kollage Katering
Carl Fifield ... stand-in: male
Jay Finocchiaro ... extra casting assistant
Brendan Fitzgerald ... additional unit assistant
Tony Gibbs ... insurance: H.W. Wood Australia
Therese Hanna ... baby nurse
Mathew Harrington ... production runner
Melissa Hayward ... continuity
Robbie Henley ... additional unit assistant
Mike Horvath ... production runner (as Michael Horvath)
Arif Jafari ... adr loop group
Linda Jefferys ... unit nurse
David Knight ... additional unit assistant
Catherine Lavelle ... publicist: CLPR
David Lawrance ... laboratory liaison: Atlab Australia
Kelly Lefever ... script editor
Damian Macey ... additional unit assistant
Ben Marks ... adr loop group
Patrick Maxwell ... epk
Claire McCarthy ... choreographer
David McKenna ... advisor: Aurora
Annette McKenzie ... double: Maggie breast feeding
Will Mitchell ... unit assistant
Michaal Monk ... stand-in: Maggie
Stephanie Moxham ... accounts assistant
Warren Pearson ... dailies assistant
Joan Peters ... legal services
Laurence Pettinari ... safety officer
Jessica Phillips ... stand-in: Jackie
Gwyneth Price ... adr loop group
Lynne Ramsay ... advisor: Aurora
Suzanne Richards ... additional unit nurse
Chantelle Robertson ... clearance intern
Fiona Rossendell ... liaison: Defense Housing Authority
Yuri Shukost ... liaison: Defense (as Yuri Shukhost)
Sasha Skalrud ... adr loop group
Corrie Soeterboek ... completion guarantor: First Australian Completion Bond Company
Sotiri Sotiropoulos ... additional safety officer
Duncan Thompson ... script editor
Alison Tilson ... advisor: Aurora
Kieran Turner ... adr loop group
Anika Valenti ... production secretary
Kelly Vincent ... production coordinator
Anke Vuletic ... assistant to director / sponsorship coordinator
Tim Waygood ... representative: Kodak
Michelle Weiss ... choreography intern
Carl Blacklidge ... boat wrangler (uncredited)

Thanks

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Veronica Gleeson ... special thanks
Scott Meek ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Thomas is turning 16. His dad's in the army and they've just moved to a town in New South Wales; his mom is pregnant; his older brother, Charlie, who's autistic, has his own adolescent sexual issues. Thomas finds Charlie an embarrassment in public, so when Thomas is attracted to Jackie, a girl in his swim class, Charlie presents any number of obstacles when she drops by their house, when the three of them go for a walk, and during a family birthday dinner. Can Thomas find a way to enter the world of teen romance and still be his brother's keeper, or is Charlie's disability going to prove more than Thomas can handle? Written by

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Also Known As
  • A fekete léggömb (Hungary)
  • Чeрный шар (Russia)
  • To mavro baloni (Greece)
  • Czarny balonik (Poland)
  • Sei Que Vou Te Amar (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Box Office

Budget AUD5,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend Australia $94,347, 20 Apr 2008

Did You Know?

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Trivia At the river, Jackie says "Kieren Perkins, watch out!". Kieren Perkins is an Australian swimmer who won Gold medals at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and a Silver medal at the 2000 Olympics, swimming in the 1500 metre event. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #6.1 (2009). See more »
Soundtracks For He's A Jolly Good Fellow See more »
Quotes Thomas Mollison: Dad, do you ever wish Charlie was normal?
Simon Mollison: All I know is he's my own, and you're weak as piss if you don't look after your own.
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