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Children's films in Australasia

Films made for and directed at an audience aged up to teens.


Alex (Megan Simpson, 1992) Lauren Jackson, Chris Haywood; children & family

Avengers Of The Reef (Chris McCullugh, 1973) filmed in Fiji; children; 84 min.

Back of the Net (Louise Alston, 2109) wr. Alison Spuck McNeeley, Casie Tabanou; Sofia Wylie, Christopher Kirby, Melissa Bonne; family

Barney (David S. Waddington, 1976) aka Lost in the Wild; Melbourne, col., 84 min. prod. David S. Waddington & John Williams for Columbia Pictures, wr. Colin Drake, dp Richard Wallace; Sean Kramer, Lionel Long, Brett Maxworthy, Spike Milligan, Colin Petersen, Robert Quilter, Mike Preston, Rob Steele, Al Thomas; children

Blue Fin (Carl Schultz, 1978) novel by Colin Thiele; Hardy Kruger, Greg Rowe; children & family; 88 min.

Blue Fire Lady (Ross Dimsey, 1977) prod. Antony I. Ginnane, wr. Robert Maumill; Cathryn Harrison, Mark Holden, Peter Cummings, John Ewart, Gary Waddell, Marion Edward; girl meets horse; 90 min.

BMX Bandits (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1983) colour, 35 mm, 90 min., prod. Tom Broadbridge, Paul Davies for Nilsen Premiere, wr. Patrick Edgeworth, dp John Seale, production design Ross Major, ed. Allan Lake, music: Colin Stead and Frank Strangio; David Argue (Whitey), John Ley (Moustache), Nicole Kidman (Judy), Angelo D'Angelo (PJ), James Lugton (Goose); children

Born to Run (Ed Jurist, 1976) (aka Harness Fever); children; 94 min.

Boy Who Dared to Dream, The (Frank Howson, 1994) children; 97 min.

Bungala Boys (Jim Jeffrey, 1961) Jimar Productions, [British] Children's Film Foundation; based on a surf lifesaving club

Bush Christmas (Ralph Smart, 1947) Children's Entertainment Films ([British] Children's Film Foundation); Chips Rafferty

Bush Christmas (Henri Safran, 1983) aka Prince and the Great Race; prod. Paul D. Barron; remake of 1947 film; John Ewart, John Howard, Nicole Kidman; 91 min.

Bushfire Moon (George Miller, 1987) children

Captain Johnno (Mario Andreacchio, 1988) telemovie, wr. Rob George; John Waters, Damien Walters, Rebecca Sykes, Michele Fawdon, Joe Petruzzi, Elspeth Ballantyne; deaf boy is befriended by Italian fisherman; part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations

Cats' Tales (Ralph Lawrence Marsden, 1998) children's adventure

Devil's Hill (Esben Storm, 1988) wr. David Phillips, novel Nan Chauncy; part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations; Tasmania

Doctors and Nurses: A Story of Hopes (Maurice Murphy, 1981) dp John Seale; Rebecca Rigg, Miguel Lopez, Jeremy Larsson, Joshua Samuels, Brent Gowland, Mary Anne Davidson, Pamela Stephenson, Bert Newton, Richard Meikle, Drew Forsythe, Andrew McFarlane, Graeme Blundell, June Salter, Terry Bader, John Hargreaves; children's comedy: children are the medical staff in the hospital and adults are the patients; VHS

Dusty (John Richardon, 1983) Dusty is a sheepdog; children's

Fatty Finn (Maurice Murphy, 1980) prod. Brian Rosen for Children's Film Corporation, wr. Bob Ellis, Chris McGill, dp John Seale, music Grahame Bond, Rory O'Donohue, design Lissa Coote; Bert Newton, Noni Hazlehurst, Gerard Kennedy; children's; based on the character of Fatty Finn, as created by cartoonist, Syd Nicholls (1896-1977); Fatty Finn is the only comic character in Australia to have inspired two films: cf. The Kid Stakes; Eastman colour, 35mm, 90 min.

Fluteman (Peter Maxwell, 1982) children's

Frog Dreaming (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1986) aka The Quest, Spirit Chaser; Henry Thomas (from ET)

Funny Things Happen Down Under (Joe McCormick, 1965) Pacific Films; children's; Terrible Ten comedy; Olivia Newton-John's first film

Gift, The (Paul Cox, 1988) (TV); Nicholas Hatjiandreou, Vicki Serbos, Alexis Anthopoulos, Constantin Laras, Rena Frangloudakis, Peter Felmingham, Margaret Ford, Michael Milsom, Victoria Eagger, Barry Dickins, Ken James, Bill McCluskey; prod. Geoffrey Daniels, Patricia Edgar, Michael Friedman, Tony Llewellyn-Jones; music Tassos Ioannides, dp Nino Gaetano Martinetti; part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations

Ginger Meggs (Jonathan Dawson, 1982) prod. John Sexton, wr. Michael Latimer, from comic strip by J. C. Bancks, dp John Seale, music John Stuart, Kim Thraves, design Larry Eastwood, ed. Phillip Howe; Terry Camilleri, Paul Daniel, Harold Hopkins, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Coral Kelly, Garry McDonald, Gwen Plumb; filmed Bowral; Eastman colour, 35mm, 95 min.

Hildegarde (Di Drew, 1999) aka Hildegarde: A Duck Down Under; Richard E. Grant, Tom Long, Tara Morice; Hildegarde is a duck; children's; Qld

I Own the Racecourse (Stephen Ramsey, 1985) novel Patricia Wrightson; Gully Coote, Tony Barry, Norman Kaye, Rodney Burke, Paul Bertram, Brett Climo, Bob Ellis, Safier Redsepaski; gullible teenager involved in doping scheme

In Search of the Castaways (Robert Stevenson, 1962) NZ/USA, Disney, prod. Walt Disney, wr. Lowell S. Hawley, dp Paul Beeson; Hayley Mills, Maurice Chevalier, George Sanders, Wilfrid Hyde White, Michael Anderson Jr, Wilfred Brambell; children's; 16mm; 100 min.

Molly (Ned Lander, 1983) prod. Hilary Linstead for Troplisa, wr. Ned Lander, Phillip Roope, Mark Thomas, dp Vincent Monton, music Graeme Isaac, Mick Conway, Jim Conway, design Robert Dein, ed. Stewart Young; Claudia Karvan, Ruth Cracknell, Slim de Grey, Melissa Jaffer, Reg Lye, Garry McDonald, Flying Fruit Fly Circus; Molly is a singing dog; Eastman colour, 35mm, 90 min.

Opal Dreams (Peter Cattaneo, 2006) aka Pobby and Dingan, wr. Peter Cattaneo, Ben Rice, Phil Traill, prod. Lizie Gower, Nick Morris, Emile Sherman, dp Robert Humphreys; Sapphire Boyce (Kellyanne), Vince Colosimo, Jacqueline McKenzie; children's; Australian/UK co-production; Pobby and Dingan are Kellyanne's imaginary friends in Lightning Ridge; Peter Cattaneo's previous film was The Full Monty

Paper Planes (Robert Connolly, casting 2013) prod. Arenamedia, dist. Cinemaplus, Arclight; childrens

Paws (Karl Zwicky, 1997) children's

Peter and Pompey (Michael Carson, 1988) wr. John Misto; part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations

Playing Beatie Bow (Donald Crombie, 1986) novel by Ruth Park; Imogen Annesley, Peter Phelps

Princess Kate (George Ogilvie, 1988) wr. Kristin & David Williamson; part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations

Rangi's Catch (Michael Forlong, 1973) NZ, Michael Forlong Productions for the Children's Film Foundation, UK, wr. Michael Forlong, dp William Jordan; Andrew Kerr, Temuera Morrison, Kate Forlong, Vernon Hill, Ian Mune; children's; 8460ft, 72 min.

Red Dog (Kriv Stenders, 2011) wr. Daniel Taplitz, Louis de Bernieres (novel); Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor

Red Dog: True Blue (Kriv Stenders, 2016) wr. Daniel Taplitz, prod. Bryce Menzies, Nelson Woss, Good Dog Enterprises, dp Geoffrey Hall, music Cezary Skubiszewski; Bryan Brown, John Jarratt, Levi Miller, Jason Isaacs, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Thomas Cocquerel; boy and dog

Rip Tide (Rhiannon Bannenberg, 2017) wr. Georgia Harrison; Debby Ryan, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Aaron Jeffery; family

Run Rebecca Run! (Peter Maxwell, 1982) family drama

Save the Lady (Leon Thau, 1981) wr. John Palmer, Yoram Gross; Wallas Eaton, John Ewart, Bill Kerr, Desmond Tester, John Coleby, Robert Clarkson; children; Hobart

Sebastian and the Sparrow (Scott Hicks, 1989) children's film, set in Adelaide, friendship between two boys, one Euro-Aust, other from Viet bground

Selkie (2000) coming of age

Smiley (Anthony Kimmins, 1956) London Films, an Alexander Korda Production; Colin Petersen (Smiley), Bruce Archer, Ralph Richardson, John McCallum, Chips Rafferty, Reg Lye; sequel: Smiley Gets a Gun

Smiley Gets a Gun (Anthony Kimmins, 1958) Sybil Thorndike, Keith Calvert, Bruce Archer, Chips Rafferty

Southern Cross (Mark DeFriest, 2001) prod. Paul D. Barron, remake of A Waltz Through the Hills (Frank Arnold, 1988) from the novel by Gerry Glaskin; Heath Bergersen, Bill Kerr, Michael Loney, Geoff Kelso; two Vietnamese children escape from an institution for refugees, and make their way to Perth

Storm Boy (Henri Safran, 1976) wr. Colin Thiele (novel) Sonia Bog, Sidney L. Stebel, dop Geoff Burton, music Michael Carlos; white boy befriending a pelican and outcast Aborigine: David Gulpilil as Fingerbone Bill who has been banished by his people, the Kunai [Kurnai?] (recalling the situation of Marbuck in Jedda)

Storm Boy (Shawn Seet, 2019) wr. Justin Monjo, prod. Michael Boughen, Matthew Street; Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney; SA

Tail of a Tiger (Rolf de Heer, 1985) children's film about a boy who wants to fly - and does so in a Tiger Moth

Top Enders (Jackie McKimmie, 1988) part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations

Waltz through the Hills, A (Frank Arnold, 1988) wr. John Goldsmith, novel Gerry Glaskin, prod. Paul D. Barron, Roz Berrystone; Andre Jansen, Ernie Dingo, Tina Kemp, Dan O'Herlihy, Geoffrey Atkins, Maggie Wilde West, Margaret Ford, Geoffrey Gibbs, Robert Faggetter, Pippa Williamson (farmer's wife); AFI Best Actor Ernie Dingo, 1988; Pater Award Best Children's Drama, 1988; made in WA; 100 min.

What the Moon Saw (Pino Amenta, 1990) Andrew Shephard, Pat Evison, Kym Gyngell, Danielle Spencer; children's film

Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House, The (Unjoo Moon, in production) LA-based Australian director and her husband DOP Dion Beebe ACS are developing a project based on Mary Chase's children's book about a nine-year old girl's experiences inside a crumbling mansion in her local neighbourhood; Marian MacGowan, who is attached as producer, told Encore a script is in the development stage and that the project would be a co-production with either the UK or Canada [project suspended?]

Animated films

Around the World with Dot (Yoram Gross, 1982)

Blinky Bill (Yoram Gross, 1992)

Camel Boy, The (Yoram Gross, 1984)

Dot and Keeto (Yoram Gross, 1986)

Dot And The Bunny (Yoram Gross, 1983)

Dot and the Kangaroo (Yoram Gross, 1977)

Dot and the Koala (Yoram Gross, 1983)

Dot and the Smugglers (Yoram Gross, 1987) aka Dot and the Bunyip, Dot and the Lake Monsters

Dot and the Whale (Yoram Gross, 1986)

Dot Goes to Hollywood (Yoram Gross, 1989)

Dot in Space (Yoram Gross, 1995)

Epic (Yoram Gross, 1985)

Little Convict, The (Yoram Gross, 1979) aka Toby and the Koala

Magic Riddle, The (Yoram Gross, 1991)

Sarah: The Seventh Match (Yoram Gross, 1983)

Garry Gillard | New: 10 December, 2004 | Now: 23 November, 2019