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Opal (2010)

Based on a true story about self-taught naturalist and cult icon Opal Whiteley.


Dina Ciraulo


Dina Ciraulo
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Credited cast:
Nayeli Adorador-Knudsen Nayeli Adorador-Knudsen ... Opal
George Maguire ... Gram Ellsworth
Gabriel Marin Gabriel Marin ... Ed
Carrie Paff Carrie Paff ... Lizzie
Jonathan Leveck ... Stewart
Kevin Rolston Kevin Rolston ... Mr. Baxter
Paul Whitworth Paul Whitworth ... Lord Grey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Beecroft Ben Beecroft ... Henry Whiteley
Alyssa Camargo Alyssa Camargo ... Young Opal
David Cramer David Cramer ... Professor
Kevin Crook Kevin Crook ... Reporter
Antonia Fuller Antonia Fuller ... Ruth
Amos Glick ... Brash Reporter
David Lance Goines David Lance Goines ... Printer
Joseph Graham Joseph Graham ... Clerk


Inspired by true events, Opal is story of self-taught naturalist Opal Whiteley. Raised in a logging camp in the early 1900s, Opal becomes an international sensation with the publication of her childhood diaries in the Atlantic Monthly. But things go awry when encoded messages are discovered in her writing, suggesting the diary may have been faked, and setting off a storm of controversy. Written by Anonymous

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diary | naturalist | f rated | nature | hoax | See All (8) »





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Release Date:

9 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolinas, California, USA See more »

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Outpost Studios See more »
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Beautifully shot film exploring the controversy surrounding child diarist Opal Whitely.
12 February 2012 | by sarahpstrongSee all my reviews

A beautifully shot film exploring the controversy surrounding child diarist Opal Whitely. The author/director does a fine job of maintaining the ambiguities at the heart of Opal's story. The film's use of Opal's original words, coupled with a fine soundtrack and beautiful natural light and settings, give us a taste of Opal's ability to awaken in her audiences in the 1920's the power of our shared connection to the natural world. In the context of this story, the film also suggests how easily that connection to nature can be corrupted by money, power, and the intricacies of trying to please others. This film has a strong narrative and an ability to present the subtleties of a story. The film actually uses its medium--the visual--to let the story unfold, which is something that so often seems to be lacking in hit-you-over-the-head-with-it Big Hollywood fare. Bottom line: Interesting, very watchable, and thought-provoking film that left me wanting to know more about its provocative central character.

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