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Little Kellyanne lives with her family in Lightning Ridge, a small Australian town well known for its opal mines. Kellyanne has two special friends, Pobby and Dingan, but nobody can see them. Her brother Ashmol, as the entire community, thinks that they are the product of his sister’s vivid imagination. But in fact, in a place like Lightning Ridge, that’s nothing out of the ordinary. The town seems to attract plenty of oddballs and eccentrics. Kellyanne father insists on indulging his daughter – he even takes these two extra ‘members of the family’ down the opal mine. One day he unwittingly – or perhaps deliberately - ‘leaves’ them in the mine. Pobby and Dingan have gone missing! Kellyanne is sick with worry. Ashmol sends everyone out in search of her friends. But of course, nobody finds them. And so, Ashmol has no alternative but to climb down the mine shaft himself.

Original Title OPAL DREAM
Category Official Competition
Section Free to Fly
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 86'
Production Year 2005
Nationality Australia, United Kingdom
Directed by Peter Cattaneo
Screenplay Peter Cattaneo, Ben Rice, Phil Traill
Based on the book "Pobby and Dingan"
by Ben Rice
Director of photography Robert Humphreys
Editor Jim Clark, Nicolas Gaster
Production Design Elizabeth Mary Moore
Costume Design Ruth De la Lande
Sound Toivo Lember
Music Dario Marianelli
Main cast Vince Colosimo (Rex)
Jacqueline McKenzie (Annie)
Robert Morgan (Sid)
Robert Menzies (Humph)
Christian Byers (Ashmol)
Sapphire Boyce (Kellyanne)
Produced by Lizie Gower, Nick Morris, Emile Sherman

Peter Cattaneo

Born 1964 in UK, he studied at the Royal College of Art until 1989. During his studies he directed a music video, a commercial for the Miller Lite and his first short film, DEAR ROSIE, which was nominated for an Oscar. After directing the TV series DIARY OF A TEENAGE HEALTH FREAK and THE FULL WAX, he made his first feature film, THE FULL MONTY, in 1996. The film was an international hit on the theatrical circuit and was nominated for four Oscars. His next films are LUCKY BREAK (2000) and OPAL DREAM (2005).


Director’s statement

“The movie will be a funny uplifting and touching film about the redemption of a family and a community through two children’s belief in the unseen. Set in contemporary Australia, it is a timeless tale of the outback”.

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