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Young Matilda is a gutsy Australian country kid whose world shatters when the rural recession forces her parents from their land. As the Bells become refugees in the alien, multicultural city, Matilda retreats with her dreams into a protective cocoon of silence until a new spirit of hope is born through her friendship with Binh, a Vietnamese youngster emerging from the chrysalis of a ravaged past.

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David Elfick
David Holman
Eric Fellner  David Elfick
Executive Producers
Kim Williams
Dir. of Photography
Steve Windon
Louise Innes
Production Designer
Michael Bridges


Amy Terelinck - Geoff Morell - Susan Lyons - Geraldine James - John Hargreaves

Production Details

Production Completion
Drama, Family
Australia/United Kingdom Co-Production
Production Company
Initial Film And TV Ltd  Palm Beach Pictures Pty Ltd


International Sales
Southern Star Sales

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Internationales Essener Kinderfilmfestival im Ruhrgebiet
  • Festival of Australian Film - Sri Lanka
  • Korean Motion Picture Promotion Corp
  • Young Cinema - Tokyo Int Film Fest
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
  • Pan Pacific Film Festival
  • Omiya Children's Film Festival
  • Kinder Filmfest Japan
  • Internationales Essener Kinderfilmfestival im Ruhrgebiet
  • Children's Film Festival, Berlin
  • Cape Town International Film Festival
  • Australian Film Festival Istanbul
  • Adelaide International Children's Film & Video Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Shanghai International Film Festival
  • Meetings in the Rural World Film Festival
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • Dublin Film Festival
  • CINEMAGIC - International Film Festival for Young people
  • The Netherlands National Children's Youth Film Centre
  • Asia Pacific Film Festival