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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2016 - 15.24 July

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Category: Edition 2016

Fifteen is going to turn a corner. It has to. The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning fifteen she can’t bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world. She floats in a bubble of loserdom with her only friend Elliott, until her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and she’s flung into a parallel place; a world that’s weirdly erotic, a little bit violent and thoroughly ludicrous– only there can she find herself.

Original Title Girl Asleep
Category Official Competition
Section Generator +16
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 77'
Production Year 2015
Nationality Australia
Directed by Rosemary Myers
Screenplay Matthew Whittet
Based on a production by Windmill Theatre
Director of photography Andrew Commis ACS
Editor Karryn De Cinque
Production Design Jonathon Oxlade
Costume Design Jonathon Oxlade
Sound Luke Smiles
Music Harry Covill
Main cast Bethany Whitmore (Greta)
Harrison Feldman (Elliott)
Matthew Whittet (Conrad, Abject Man)
Amber McMahon (Janet, Frozen Woman)
Eamon Farren (Adam, Benoit Tremet)
Tilda Cobham-Hervey (The Huldra)
Produced by Jo Dyer

Rosemary Myers DirectorRosemary Myers
Artistic Director of Windmill Theatre, an awardwinning national performing arts company based in Adelaide, South Australia.Her directing credits for Windmill include the multi-award winning PINOCCHIO, THE WIZARD OF OZ, FUGITIVE, SCHOOL DANCE, BIG BAD WOLF andGIRL ASLEEP. A multi-Helpmann Award nominated director, her productions regularly visit leading stages and festivals around Australia and the world. Prior to Windmill, Rosemary was the Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company and also the Artistic Director of Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival in 2010. Rosemary has worked independently for ABC Television, Back to Back Theatre Company, Victorian College of the Arts, Queensland Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company. In 2006, she was a Creative Director for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. GIRL ASLEEP is Rosemary’s feature film debut.

Director's statement
“Adolescence is like a forest; it’s a time of life that some merrily skip through, some struggle through and for some, a place they enter but never come out the other side. It’s a place of beauty, horror and a place where you can easily come undone.Over the past six years I have been collaborating with Matthew Whittet to deliver teenage stories to the stage. This time of life, the teenage years, provides us very fertile terrain as it is here we really begin to understand ourselves as individuals, separate from our parents and family, and on the cusp of self-determining who we might be and how we will live. This awareness comes with other realizations, like the parents you may have held on a pedestal are actually fallible, maybe even embarrassing, and that there is a social hierarchy, a pecking order, that must be negotiated and it can be brutal.In our theatre making we love to capitalize on the live nature of the experience. We rely on our inventiveness and our audience’s imagination to realize impossible things”.