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Girl Asleep (2015)

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The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning fifteen she can't bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world.


Rosemary Myers


Matthew Whittet, Matthew Whittet (original stage play by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bethany Whitmore ... Greta
Harrison Feldman ... Elliott
Amber McMahon ... Janet / Frozen Woman
Matthew Whittet ... Conrad / Abject Man
Eamon Farren ... Adam / Benoit Tremet
Tilda Cobham-Hervey ... The Huldra
Imogen Archer Imogen Archer ... Genevieve
Maiah Stewardson Maiah Stewardson ... Jade
Fiona Dawson Fiona Dawson ... Amber
Grace Dawson Grace Dawson ... Sapphire
Danielle Catanzariti ... Denise Mackell / The Crone
Lucy Cowan Lucy Cowan ... Little Greta
Pia Moutakis Pia Moutakis ... Twin 1
Clara Moutakis Clara Moutakis ... Twin 2
Ed Covill Ed Covill ... Mascot Boy (as Edison Covill)


The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning fifteen she can't bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world. She floats in a bubble of loserdom with her only friend Elliott, until her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and she's flung into a parallel place; a world that's weirdly erotic, a little bit violent and thoroughly ludicrous - only there can she find herself. Based on the critically acclaimed production by Windmill Theatre, GIRL ASLEEP is a journey into the absurd, scary and beautiful heart of the teenage mind.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fifteen is going to turn a corner. It has to. See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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Release Date:

8 September 2016 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Az alvó lány See more »

Filming Locations:

South Australia, Australia See more »


Box Office


AUD 1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,700, 25 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,650, 16 October 2016
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The date of Greta's birthday party written on the invitations sent to her school is 31st February. See more »


Referenced in Interviews with Cast and Crew (2016) See more »


Ain't It A Groove
Written by Dave Hamilton (as D. Hamilton) / LaMarr Thomas (as L. Thomas)
Performed by Chico & Buddy
P&C 1969 Rockin' Music
Administered by Gaga Music
Licensed courtesy of Ace Records Ltd
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Beautifully shot but disappointing, confusing mess.
5 September 2016 | by samuelmcgregorSee all my reviews

Napoleon dynamite meets Pans Labyrinth, not in a good way.

This film was beautifully shot with a very faithful recreation of 70's Australian fashion and style down to the Eames replica couches and hotted up HQ panel van. But sadly falls flat with a distinct lack of narrative tension and confusing fantasy element which adds nothing to the film.

Despite the very accurate recreation of the physical world of the 70's, much of the dialogue feels very out of place, reminiscent of new-age psychobabble of the 2010's.

There are a few solid jokes all relating to aspects of the 70's we'd rather forget, but far from enough to entertain for the 90 minute run time.

Do yourself a favour, go watch Napoleon Dynamite or Pans Labyrinth, and give this one a miss.

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