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The black balloon - Rhys Wakefield, Toni Collette, Gemma Ward, Elissa Down

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Movie propaganda

It's not easy being Thomas Mollison (Rhys Wakefield). He's turning 16, and his autistic brother Charlie embarrasses him. So do his wacky parents. When his pregnant mother (Toni Collette) is confined to bed rest, he is put in charge of Charlie (Luke Ford) and with the help of his new girlfriend Jackie (Gemma Ward), Thomas faces his biggest challenge yet. The Black Balloon is funny and ultimately heart-warming. A coming of age story about fitting in, discovering teenage love and accepting your family.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Australia drama family autism growing up adolescent Army brat high school swimming dick-pointers

Persons of interest

  • Toni Collette .... Maggie Mollison
  • Rhys Wakefield .... Thomas Mollison
  • Luke Ford .... Charlie Mollison
  • Erik Thomson .... Simon Mollison
  • Gemma Ward .... Jackie Masters
  • Firass Dirani .... Russell
  • Nathin Butler .... Chris
  • Henry Nixon .... Trevor
  • Lisa Kowalski .... Sally
  • Andy Meritakis .... Daniel
  • Aaron Glennane .... Bucko
  • Lloyd Allison-Young .... James
  • Elissa Down .... Screenwriter
  • Jimmy Jack .... Screenwriter
  • Elissa Down .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

The black balloon is like Clubland but better. I won't go into the similarities because they're the same but the differences aren't: The black balloon has more spaz behaviour, more Australian-ness and more teenage blokes in Speedos. Better acting, too.

The Australia, drama movie The black balloon is directed by Elissa Down and stars Rhys Wakefield, Toni Collette, Gemma Ward.

Government security censorship classification

M (Moderate theme, moderate coarse language)

Surveillance time

93 minutes (1:33 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 6 March 2008

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