Director: Elissa Down
Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Gemma Ward, Luke Ford, Erik Thomson and Toni Collette
The Black Balloon is a story about fitting in, discovering love, and accepting your family.
It's not easy being Thomas (Rhys Wakefield). He's turning sixteen; and moving into a new house and school. His older brother Charlie (Luke Ford) announces their arrival to the neighbours by banging a wooden spoon and wailing on the front lawn. Charlie doesn't speak. He's autistic and has ADD. He's also unpredictable, sometimes unmanageable, and often disgusting. Thomas hates his brother but wishes he didn't.
The Mollisons are an army family; but it's not what you'd call a regimented life or even a regular household. Thomas's cricket-obsessed father, Simon, talks to his teddy. Simon and his wife Maggie are openly intimate and now Maggie is going to have another baby. When Maggie has complications with her pregnancy and becomes bedridden, Thomas and Simon between them take on Charlie's daily routine. It's sink or swim; and Thomas is drowning.
One morning, the semi-naked Charlie escapes the house and leads Thomas on a chase across the neighbourhood. Charlie bursts into a stranger's house to use the toilet and Thomas finds himself face to face with Jackie Masters (his gawky but fascinating new classmate) in the shower. Young love blossoms between the two - well, three, because Charlie is also entranced by the pretty girl.
When Thomas's birthday dinner turns into a nightmare, his pent-up frustrations about his brother pour out. This is a story that is funny, confronting, and ultimately heart-warming.
The Black Balloon
Rating: (M) 1hr 45m
Screening Fri 23rd 6.45pm; Sat 24th 6.45pm; Sun 25th 4.30pm
Adults $12.00; Conc $9.00; Members/Child $8.50
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Membership entitlements include:
* Discounted tickets to every movie - adult tickets are normally $12, however when you show your membership card, you receive your ticket for $8.50
*2 free movie tickets - these tickets can be used by you or you are welcome to invite a friend to use these free tickets at any session over the year, however they cannot be used on the first Sunday of each month which is Film Club Night
*Monthly newsletter - posted to members at the end of each month which lists the movies and screening dates for the upcoming movies. The newsletter also has movie reviews and any information relevant for Film Club members
*Invitation to Film Club Nights - on the first Sunday of each month we hold a special function for Film Club members which include a screening of an art-house movie and a catered get-together where you are offered a complimentary glass of wine. Additional glasses can be purchased at just $4.50 per glass, alternatively the bar is open for beer and other alcoholic beverages.
* Invitation to Film Discussion Groups - in-formal, fun discussions with like-minded movie goers
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