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USA: Strand Releasing
Cast: Vince Colosimo, Jacqueline McKenzie, Christian Byers, Sapphire Boyce, Robert Morgan, Anna Linarello, Denise Roberts, Peter Callan, Stephen Potter, Sharni Honor, Lisa Flanagan, Anthony Braun, Casey Frew, Martin Grava, Roberto Crisa, Alan O'Toole, David Field, Michael Allen, Eliza Lovell, Adam Morgan, Robert Menzies, Peter Douglas, Andy McPhee, Robert Hamblyn, John Clark, James Edwards, Kerry Reid, Nicholas Bell, Andy Anderson, Graham Jahne, Lance Anderson, Siros Niaros
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Countries: Australia / UK
USA: 86 mins
USA Rated: PG for mild thematic elements, language and some violence
USA Release Date: 22 November 2006 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
Find magic...in the everyday.
A movie for children and grown-ups of all ages, OPAL DREAM tells the touching story of a young girl, Kellyanne Williamson (Sapphire Boyce), whose unshakable faith in her two imaginary friends resonates through her small hometown in the Australian outback.
8 year-old Kellyanne's father, Rex (Vince Colosimo), is one of the many local denizens feverishly mining the landscape for opals, while her mother Annie (Jacqueline McKenzie) and her 11 year-old brother Ashmol (Christian Byers) are the more grounded members of the family. Much as she loves her parents and big brother, it is Pobby and Dingan who are Kellyanne's friends, loyal playmates and most constant companions. But they are also invisible...
When they suddenly disappear a worried Kellyanne falls ill. As Ashmol takes it upon himself to rally the Williamson family and the community around his sister and her missing friends, everyone discovers what Kellyanne has long known; that you don't necessarily have to see in order to believe.
Filmed on location in Coober Pedy and Adelaide, South Australia, OPAL DREAM is directed by Peter Cattaneo (an Academy Award nominee for his direction of THE FULL MONTY). Based on Ben Rice's novel Pobby and Dingan, the screenplay adaptation is by Peter Cattaneo, Ben Rice, and Phil Traill.