Coming-of-age family drama, from director Elissa Down, about a teenage boy adapting to life in a new town with an autistic brother in tow. 16-year-old Thomas (Rhys Wakefield) has just moved with his family to a new town. It's hard enough adapting to new home, friends, and school, but when you have an older autistic brother and distinctly odd parents, it's always going to be tough. Thomas's older brother Charlie (Luke Ford) suffers from ADS syndrome, and consequently gets to choose which days to attend the local school. With his father prone to discussing world affairs with his teddy-bear, and his mother likely to sleep with whomever she chooses, it's not ideal. Things take a turn for the worse when his mother announces she's pregnant, causing Thomas to have an even bigger role in caring for Charlie. But just when things seem to at their blackest, Thomas runs into, literally, girl-next-door Jackie (Gemma Ward), and hearts begin to pound...
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: In this Australian film from the producer of STRICTLY BALLROOM, Thomas (Rhys Wakefield, HOME AND AWAY) has a lot to contend with. Not only has the teenager just moved to a new school, but he also has to take care of his older brother Charlie (Luke Ford, THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR), who is autistic. As Thomas struggles in his relationship with Charlie, he also tries to win the heart of his new girlfriend (Gemma Ward, THE STRANGERS). THE BLACK BALLOON also stars Toni Collette (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) as Thomas and Charlie's pregnant mother. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Australian Film Institute, Berlin International Film Festival, Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, ...The Black Balloon