Set in mid 1950s Australia, with the fear of communism in the air, Ann Turner's refreshingly unsentimental debut feature depicts a long hot summer seen through the eyes and over-active imagination of nine-year-old Celia.

Shaken by the death of her beloved Grandmother, Celia finds herself adrift between the cruel games and rituals of childhood and the incomprehensible world of grown-ups. With monstrous creatures stalking her dreams by night, those imagined terrors blur by day with the banal brutality of the adult world and lead to tragic and shocking consequences.

Presented from a stunning new 2K restoration, this dark fable of childhood's end ranks alongside Lord of the Flies, The 400 Blows, Stand By Me and Pan’s Labyrinth.

“Little short of miraculous... The most striking debut to reach us from Australia during the 80s” Derek Malcolm, The Guardian

“A feature debut of astonishing skill... forceful, outlandish and highly provocative” Empire (4 stars)

“Transfixing, assured, extremely lucid… recalls the deceptive serenity of Blue Velvet” Janet Maslin, New York Times

“A gifted and deceptively complex film... Celia shows that a film can talk about serious ideas without compromising its power to intrigue and entertain” David Robinson, The Times

Production Year: 1988
Region Code: Free
UK Rating: 15
Running Time: 104 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Audio: 2.0 Mono LPCM
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Colour: Colour

Director: Ann Turner
Cast: Rebecca Smart, Nicholas Eadie, Victoria Longley

Celia (1988) presented from a new 2K restoration by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Celia's World (2021): a new, exclusive and expansive hour-long documentary on the film's background and legacy made by specially for this release by Ann Turner
A filmed interview with director Ann Turner
There's Something About ‘Celia’ (2021): Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of 1000 Women in Horror, in conversation with Maria Lewis at the Australian Centre for Moving Image, Melbourne
Extensive photo gallery
Booklet featuring essays by film historian Michael Brooke and professor Joy Damousi, and ‘The Hobyahs’, a traditional folktale featured in the film
Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)
World premiere on Blu-ray

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