The Devil's Playground

The Devil's Playground

by Fred SchepisiPeter CoxJillian ArcherGerry Duggan Arthur Dignam and others

DVD video Publication Date: 10/11/2008

  $19.95
Internationally renowned filmmaker Fred Schepisi's celebrated first feature is a lushly photographed period drama detailing a young boy's coming-of-age in a strict Catholic seminary in 1950s Victoria.

A semi-autobiographical retelling of the director's own training for the priesthood, the story follows 13-year-old Tom Allen (Simon Burke), a serious, likable boy whose calling for the church is complicated by guilt associated with his masturbation and sinful thoughts. While the ascetic Brother Francine (Arthur Dignam) prowls the school's corridors looking for evidence of "the undisciplined mind", the hard-drinking Brother Victor (Nick Tate) refutes the harsh discipline that scars the hearts and minds of the students - though each battle a desire to consummate the pleasures of the flesh.

Presented in a brand new high definition transfer, this Australian film classic cemented the rise of director Fred Schepisi when it won six AFI awards including Best Film and Best Director and made a breakthrough screening at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976.
ISBN:
3000000070123
3000000070123
Genre:
Drama
Format:
DVD video
Region:
ALL More ...
Encoding:
PAL
Running time:
95
No. Discs:
1
Publication Date:
10-11-2008
Language:
English
Publisher:
Shock Records
Country of origin:
Australia
Year of production:
1976

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