Australia, 1975. The beach suburb of Nobbys Beach is a place that revolves around surf mats, baby oil, boxed wine and the new miracle of Kentucky Fried Chicken. 14 year-old Jeff tries to find his feet in a world changing faster than his hormones, and deal with his crush on shy and sensitive girl-next-door Melly. When the beach town suddenly hits the spotlight after the body of a 200-ton whale is washed ashore, Jeff and Melly think it's the biggest thing that ever happened in their lives. Meanwhile, their eccentric parents are catching up with the sexual revolution that has also washed up on Australia's beaches. And just like the decaying whale, it's all about to go spectacularly wrong.
The original title, "Flammable Children", was a sticking point with the film's backers who were worried it would be perceived as a horror film. However writer/director, Stephan Elliott, stuck to his guns on the matter. The film was on it's final stages (with even a title card) when the Grenfell Tower fire happened in the UK tragically taking the lives of many children, Elliot relented and the title was changed for most territories although some countries still retain the original title. See more »
Many background actors wore clothing which were modern day brands and styles not available in the period the film was set. Several actors showed underwear with the distinctive, modern day 'bonds' branded waistband. This style was not around in the 1970's. See more »