The Black Balloon (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Black Balloon (2008)
  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 4,140 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 6 March 2008 (Australia)
  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Filming Location: Bardia Parade, Holsworthy, New South Wales, Australia
  • Budget: AUD 5,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $2,136,663(Worldwide)(2008)
  • Director: Elissa Down
  • Stars: Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford and Toni Collette
  • Original Music By: Michael Yezerski   
  • Soundtrack: For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Birthday | Dad | Older Brother | Hat | Bus

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Elissa Down  writer
  • Jimmy Jack  (as Jimmy The Exploder)

Known Trivia

  • A Bronze Medallion is an Australian Lifesaving qualification. There are 14 components that must be completed to achieve this qualification, all based around high quality swimming skills and rescue techniques.
  • At the river, Jackie says “Kieren Perkins, watch out!”. Kieren Perkins is an Australian swimmer who won Gold medals at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and a Silver medal at the 2000 Olympics, swimming in the 1500 metre event.

Plot: All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother? Full summary » |  »

Story: Thomas is turning 16. His dad's in the army and they've just moved to a town in New South Wales; his mom is pregnant; his older brother, Charlie, who's autistic, has his own adolescent sexual issues. Thomas finds Charlie an embarrassment in public, so when Thomas is attracted to Jackie, a girl in his swim class, Charlie presents any number of obstacles when she drops by their house, when the three of them go for a walk, and during a family birthday dinner. Can Thomas find a way to enter the world of teen romance and still be his brother's keeper, or is Charlie's disability going to prove more than Thomas can handle?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

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Produced By:

  • Sally Ayre-Smith known as co-producer
  • Sally Ayre-Smith known as line producer
  • Anita Belgiorno-Nettis known as executive producer
  • Sally Chesher known as executive producer
  • Toni Collette known as executive producer
  • Elissa Down known as co-producer
  • Mark Gooder known as executive producer
  • Jimmy Jack known as co-producer (as Jimmy the Exploder)
  • Tristram Miall known as producer
  • Mark Turnbull known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Rhys Wakefield known as Thomas Mollison
  • Luke Ford known as Charlie Mollison
  • Toni Collette known as Maggie Mollison
  • Erik Thomson known as Simon Mollison
  • Gemma Ward known as Jackie Masters
  • Sarah Woods known as Woman Next Door
  • Sam Fraser known as Kid Next Door
  • Makirum Fahey-Leigh known as Mate of Kid Next Door
  • Oliver Brookes known as Other Mate of Kid Next Door
  • Jan Ringrose known as Neighbour
  • Bradley Orford known as Neighbour
  • Zelie Bullen known as Mother in Van
  • Anthony Phelan known as Mr. Masters
  • Deborah Piper known as Janet – Social Worker
  • Henry Nixon known as Trevor – Social Worker
  • Jim Maxwell known as Cricket Commentator (voice) (as James Maxwell)
  • Rebecca Massey known as Miss Babb
  • Ryan Clark known as Dean
  • Aaron Glenane known as Bucko
  • Lisa Kowalski known as Sally
  • Lloyd Allison-Young known as James
  • Nathin Butler known as Chris
  • Elle-May Patterson known as Kylie
  • Carla Gee known as Caroline
  • Toby Molineaux known as Student Who Gets Hit
  • Yure Covich known as Maths Teacher
  • Paul Doyle known as P.E. Teacher
  • Andrew James known as Teacher at Fight
  • Firass Dirani known as Russell
  • Ngoc Phan known as Teacher's Aide
  • Sally Evans known as Girl on Bus
  • Kate Box known as Elizabeth
  • Zoe Carides known as Russell's Mum
  • George Badawi known as Russell's Dad
  • Jeffery Armstrong known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Robert Armstrong known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Rosemary Armstrong known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Holly Austin known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Alexander Berlage known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • George Bountros known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Matthew Cahill known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Cameron Fyfe known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Jordan Hagivassilis known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Tyne Miller known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Lachlan Monaghan known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Jared Ohlstein known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Mathew Parsons known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Amy Jo Farrow Potts known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Andrew Ryan known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Ellie Singer known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Edward Smith known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat'
  • Kieran Smith known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Gemma Thomas known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Jackson T. Trout known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Tom Trout known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat!'
  • Shai de Vletter-Sont known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat'
  • Sinisa Vrebac known as Student on Bus and in Musical 'Afloat'
  • Arahni Sont known as Teacher
  • Claire McCarthy known as Teacher
  • Judy Singer known as Teacher
  • Terry Flanagan known as Bus Driver
  • Millie Spencer-Brown known as Checkout Girl (as Millie Spencer Brown)
  • Inge Sildnik known as Supermarket Customer
  • Birthe Nohrden known as Supermarket Customer
  • Jennifer Cutler known as Maternity Ward Patient
  • Michael Allison known as Maternity Ward Husband
  • Martin Lynes known as Emergency Doctor
  • Eliza Logan known as Emergency Nurse
  • Sofia Fedirchuk known as Baby Sophie
  • Indigo Cumming known as Baby Sophie
  • James Duffy known as Baby Sophie
  • Andy Meritakis known as Daniel (uncredited)
  • Louise Sykes known as Maternity Nurse (uncredited)

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  • Kate Birch known as hair stylist
  • Kate Birch known as makeup artist
  • Lara Jade known as hair stylist
  • Lara Jade known as makeup artist
  • Bob McCarron known as special makeup effects artist
  • Wizzy Molineaux known as makeup designer
  • Jennifer Stanfield known as additional hair stylist (as Jen Stanfield)
  • Jennifer Stanfield known as additional makeup artist (as Jwn Stanfield)
  • Lynn Wheeler known as additional hair stylist
  • Lynn Wheeler known as additional makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Chris Harris known as art department assistant
  • Renee Hoare known as props buyer
  • Renee Hoare known as set dresser
  • Nick Volpe known as art department attachment
  • Dillon Yeats known as stand-by props
  • Ingrid Weir known as art department graphics (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Australian Film Commission, The
  • Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC)
  • Black Balloon Productions
  • Icon Entertainment International
  • New South Wales Film and Television Office, The

Other Companies:

  • Atlab Australia  digital film recording
  • Big Toys  grip equipment
  • CLPR  publicity
  • Cutting Edge  post-production (DI)
  • Cutting Edge  post-production (Dailies)
  • Electric Avenue Studios  music recording and mixing (as Electric Avenue)
  • First Australian Completion Bond Company (FACB)  completion guarantor
  • Fox Studios Australia  production offices
  • HW Wood Australia  insurance (as H.W. Wood Australia)
  • Jigsaw Music  music preparation
  • Kingdom of Ludd  opening title design
  • Kodak Australasia  film stock (as Kodak)
  • Kollage Katering  catering
  • Multicom Communications  motorolas
  • PPost & Deliver  post-production management
  • Panavision Australia  camera and lenses
  • Simon Williams Lights  generator
  • Soundfirm  sound mixing studio
  • Spectrum Films International  picture editing facility (as Spectrum Films)
  • The Stunt Agency  stunts
  • Who Dares  set security

Distributors:

  • Hoyts Distribution (2007) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
  • Icon Entertainment International (2007) (worldwide) (theatrical)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2007) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Company (2007) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • NeoClassics Films (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • RCV Film Distribution (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Pan Vision Oy (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • RCV Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Image FX (special effects)
  • Ego Trip Productions
  • Animal Logic (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Lindsay Adams known as compositing lead: Animal Logic
  • Morgane Furio known as visual effects supervisor: Animal Logic
  • Matt Greig known as compositor: Animal Logic
  • Jason Hawkins known as compositor: Animal Logic
  • Edwina Hayes known as senior visual effects producer: Animal Logic
  • Jayne Herrmann known as visual effects producer: Animal Logic
  • Julien Leveugle known as compositor: Animal Logic
  • Marco Nero known as digital matte painter: Animal Logic
  • Murray Smallwood known as compositor: Animal Logic
  • Jamie Wood known as compositor: Animal Logic

Release Date:

  • Germany 9 February 2008 (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • Australia 6 March 2008
  • New Zealand 6 March 2008
  • Greece 3 April 2008 (limited)
  • Australia 30 May 2008 (Dungog Film Festival)
  • Denmark 19 September 2008 (BUSTER Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth)
  • Norway 10 October 2008
  • USA 16 October 2008 (Hamptons International Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 30 October 2008
  • Belgium 26 November 2008
  • USA 5 December 2008 (New York City, New York)
  • USA 5 December 2008 (Los Angeles, California)
  • Finland 19 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Portugal 13 March 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, a scene of violence, and brief strong language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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