A young Australian girl living in a small rural mining town prefers the company of her two imaginary friends, Pobby and Dingan, to real children. She ends up looking awkward during social gatherings and her only tangible friend is her older brother, Ashmol, who finds Pobby and Dingan annoying and often makes fun of them because he's embarrassed by his sister's behavior. Kelly-Anne's and Ashmol's father is an opal miner trying to earn a living, and their mother is busy trying to fit in as a member of the community. Both parents agree that it's time for Kelly-Ann to move on and leave her fantasy world behind - but when they force her to grow up too fast with a hasty decision, Pobby and Dingan are killed and Kelly-Ann falls into a grief-stricken illness. The only one who can set things right is Ashmol.
From Oscar nominated director Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) comes a whimsical family drama based on the award-winning novella Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice.
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22 November 2006 (USA)
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Pobby & Dingan
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Opening Weekend USA: $2,716,
26 November 2006
Gross USA: $14,443
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $144,964
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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The film's director said of what it was like filming in Coober Pedy in the central Australia part of northern South Australia. "Shooting in Coober Pedy was great in terms of the light, the geography and the architecture. And the fact that it was just a little town. I had a mountain bike that I could ride from my motel to whichever location we were shooting at. There were also certain challenges that I hadn't foreseen at all. I had no idea what a hassle the bush flies would be. When you're out in the opal fields it's quite windy and we'd have flies and dust and very strong sun. So I'd go to work with sun block, about factor a million, and then sun glasses because the white ground was very flarey, and then goggles, because the dust was blowing in my eyes. And then I'd have a fly net to keep the flies off and then muslin soaked in insect repellent wrapped around my head, along with a sun hat. So no one actually saw my face for the first month of the shoot. Which wasn't ideal but it was the only way I could survive." See more
When you believe in something, that's when it's real.
And that's what makes a person real too.
How they dream and how they share their dreams.
When they're with you or even after they're gone.
Because a dream is forever.
Like my mum or dad or my sister, we're all dreaming together and that's what's real.
That's what's real forever.
Drawings of children's imaginary friends are featured during the end credits. See more
Written by Peter Svensson
(as Svensson) and Nina Persson
Performed by The Cardigans See more