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Opal Dream (2006)

A young girl's relationship with her imaginary friends resonates throughout her town in the Australian Outback.

Director:

Peter Cattaneo

Writers:

Peter Cattaneo (screenplay), Phil Traill (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sapphire Blossom Sapphire Blossom ... Kellyanne Williamson (as Sapphire Boyce)
Christian Byers ... Ashmol Williamson
Vince Colosimo ... Rex Williamson
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Annie Williamson
Robert Morgan ... Sid
Anna Linarello Anna Linarello ... Betsy
Denise Roberts ... Vera Dunkley
Peter Callan ... Dan Dunkley
Stephen Potter Stephen Potter ... Lyndon Dunkley
Sharni Honor Sharni Honor ... Sandra Dunkley
Lisa Flanagan Lisa Flanagan ... Ms Banamooka
Anthony Braun Anthony Braun ... Lyndon's Gang
Casey Frew Casey Frew ... Lyndon's Gang
Martin Grava Martin Grava ... Lyndon's Gang
Roberto Crisa Roberto Crisa ... Jes
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Storyline

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. Written by Gasmaskproductionsbooks

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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. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements, language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

BBC Films [UK] | Renaissance Films

Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pobby & Dingan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD11,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,716, 26 November 2006

Gross USA:

$14,443

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$144,964
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Ashmol Williamson: When you believe in something, that's when it's real.
Ashmol Williamson: And that's what makes a person real too.
Ashmol Williamson: How they dream and how they share their dreams.
Ashmol Williamson: When they're with you or even after they're gone.
Ashmol Williamson: Because a dream is forever.
Ashmol Williamson: Like my mum or dad or my sister, we're all dreaming together and that's what's real.
Ashmol Williamson: That's what's real forever.
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Crazy Credits

Drawings of children's imaginary friends are featured during the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Opal Dream: Behind the Scenes (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Lovefool
Written by Peter Svensson (as Svensson) and Nina Persson (as Persson)
Performed by The Cardigans
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a quieter and deeper Full Monty
18 July 2006 | by cnewfSee all my reviews

This is quite a good film about a sun-scorched prospector town and family members whose dreams and imaginary worlds drive each other nuts. It's deeper than the director's best-known film, The Full Monty, though the topic is similar: the struggles of working-class folks to stay closer to their dreams than they are to their failures. The depiction of the town dynamics seemed to me as flawless as the individual performances, and as someone who comes from a family with shall we say a non-standard member, I was impressed with the film's ability to produce a familiar emotional mix of exasperation, devotion, and desire for a truly imaginative cure for the main problem. The movie delivers on this last point. It would be wrong to see this as a chick flick, because as in The Full Monty the cast and crew are interested in men who try to figure out how to resolve conflicts and fix disasters without using anger and force, and who pretty much succeed. British and Commonwealth film is generally better than American at avoiding stereotypes of blue-collar masculinity and this is a particularly good and heart- warming example. The boy in the picture, who has to figure out what to do about his dad and his sister, is one of the great kids of recent film history.


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