The Black Balloon

The Black Balloon

Director: Elissa Down Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Gemma Ward

DVD (Wide Screen)

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The Black Balloon

An adolescent boy from a most idiosyncratic family attempts to adjust to his new neighborhood as his 16th birthday looms on the horizon in this family drama from director Elissa Down. Thomas is about to turn 16, and as if adjusting to a new neighborhood, a new school, and new friends isn't enough for a teenage boy to contend with, his family is about as unpredictable as they come. His autistic older brother, Charlie, suffers from ADD, and attends a special school on the days that he actually chooses to go. His father, Simon, is an enormous cricket fan who is prone to holding intense discussions with his teddy bear, and his mother, Maggie, is a free spirit who sleeps with pretty much whomever she pleases. Recently, Thomas' mother revealed that she is pregnant. As a result, Thomas finds himself looking after Charlie much more frequently than usual. When Charlie strips half-naked and dashes into the neighbor's house in search of a bathroom, Thomas storms in after him and encounters pretty classmate Jackie -- who is currently attempting to take a shower. Mortified, Thomas begins to realize that he might not be capable of caring for Charlie. Later at school, Thomas realizes that he'll have to learn to swim before he earns his lifesaving badge. Of course, every student in class needs to have a partner, and it just so happens that Thomas' partner is a pretty fellow pupil named Jackie.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2010
UPC: 0684457881421
Original Release: 2008
Rating: PG-13
Source: Terra
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:42:00

Special Features

The making of the Black Balloon; Photo gallery; Audio commentary by director Elissa Down; U.S. trailer; Australian trailer; Previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rhys Wakefield Thomas Mollison
Luke Ford Charlie
Gemma Ward Jackie
Erik Thomson Corp. Simon Mollison
Toni Collette Maggie

Technical Credits
Elissa Down Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Sally Ayre-Smith Co-producer
Denson Baker Cinematographer
Nikki Barrett Casting
Jimmy the Exploder Co-producer,Screenwriter
Claire Granville Costumes/Costume Designer
Veronica Janet Editor
Veronika Jenet Editor
Nick McCullum Production Designer
Tristram Miall Producer
Ben Osmo Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Pirola Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Turnbull Co-producer
Michael Yezerski Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Balloon
1. Chapter 1 [:01]
2. Chapter 2 [8:49]
3. Chapter 3 [4:20]
4. Chapter 4 [7:45]
5. Chapter 5 [5:54]
6. Chapter 6 [5:29]
7. Chapter 7 [7:08]
8. Chapter 8 [4:24]
9. Chapter 9 [6:20]
10. Chapter 10 [9:06]
11. Chapter 11 [5:27]
12. Chapter 12 [8:35]
13. Chapter 13 [7:10]
14. Chapter 14 [5:43]
15. Chapter 15 [2:50]
16. Chapter 16 [2:19]

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