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The Screen Guide

When Thomas (Rhys Wakefield) and his family move to a new home and he has to start at a new school, all he wants is to fit in. When his pregnant mother (Toni Collette) has to take things easy, his father Simon (Erik Thomson) puts him in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie (Luke Ford). Thomas, with the help of his new girlfriend Jackie (Gemma Ward), faces his biggest challenge yet. Charlie’s unusual antics take Thomas on an emotional journey that causes his pent-up frustrations about his brother to pour out - in a story that is funny, confronting, and ultimately heart-warming. The Black Balloon is a story about fitting in, discovering love and accepting your family.

Cast & Crew & Production Details

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Elissa Down
Elissa Down  Jimmy The Exploder
Tristram Miall
Executive Producers
Anita Belgiorno-Nettis  Toni Collette  Mark Gooder  Sally Chesher
Dir. of Photography
Denson Baker
Michael Yezerski
Veronika Jenet
Production Designer
Nicholas McCallum
Rhys Wakefield - Gemma Ward - Luke Ford - Erik Thomson - Toni Collette
Production Completion
Production Company
Black Balloon Productions Pty Ltd
International Sales
Icon Entertainment International

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Singapore International Film Festival
  • OzFlix - Australian Film Weekend
  • Giffoni Children's Film Festival
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival