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The story of a 13-year-old deaf boy living in a small fishing town in South Australia in the 1950s. When Johnno's parents decide to send their son to a 'special school', he learns of their plans and makes a desperate escape to a desolate island. He is rescued just in time by his friend Tony, an Italian fisherman who helps him find a new and more independent course for his future.

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Mario Andreacchio
Rob George
Jane Ballantyne
Executive Producers
Patricia Edgar
Dir. of Photography
Roger Dowling
Stephen Matters
Andrew Ellis
Production Designer
Vicki Niehus


John Waters - Damien Walters - Michelle Fawdon - Joe Petruzzi - Rebecca Sykes

Production Details

Production Completion
Drama, Family
Production Company
Australian Children's Television Foundation

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • London Australian Film Festival
  • Foster's Export Australian Film Festival
  • Umbriafiction
  • Laon International Film Festival For Young People
  • Junior Dublin Film Festival
  • CINEMAGIC - International Film Festival for Young people
  • Children's Television Festival, China
  • Oulu Children's Film Festival
  • The Netherlands National Children's Youth Film Centre
  • International Film Festival for Children and Youth
  • Carrousel International du Film de Rimouski
  • Banff World Television Festival
  • Sofia - International Film Festival for Children and Young People