Presented in an all-new director-approved digital transfer, Celia is a tale of lost innocence set during a long hot summer in 1950's Australia. Seen through refreshingly non-sentimental eyes, it stylishly evokes the surreal childhood world of rituals, games and gangs and the incomprehensible nature of adults. Special features include; New filmed interview with director, Ann Turner; Booklet containing essays about the film; All new director-approved digital transfer from original negative materials with restored picture and sound. Awards won by the film include WINNER - 1989 Créteil International Women's Film Festival; WINNER - AFI Award, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Victoria Longley). The film was also included on the Best Films of the Year (1989) in The Vilalge Voice, Film Comment, The Face and The Seattle Times.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Ann Turner wrote and directed this genuinely creepy amalgam of Father Knows Best and Death Wish. Celia Carmichael (Rebecca Smart) is a lonely nine-year-old girl growing up in the Melbourne suburbs in the late 1950s, who is the victim of several traumas with horrific results. She first finds her grandmother's dead body. Then she has nightmares from a book read to her at school. For a spell, her troubles are abated when a new family moves in next door with three children for Celia to play with. But her parents forbid her to play with the children because the parents are members of the Communist Party. It all comes to a head when, because of a national plague of rabbits, the Victoria State government orders a turning over of all domestic rabbits. When her uncle confiscates her beloved pet rabbit and discovers that it has died in the Melbourne Zoo, Celia explodes in violent revenge. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Australian Film Institute, ...Celia (1989) ( Celia: Child of Terror )