Girl Asleep

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A film by Rosemary Myers

The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning fifteen she can’t bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world. She floats in a bubble of loserdom with her only friend Elliott, until her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and she’s flung into a parallel place; a world that’s weirdly erotic, a little bit violent and thoroughly ludicrous – only there can she find herself.

Based on the critically acclaimed production by Windmill Theatre, Girl Asleep is a journey into the absurd, scary and beautiful heart of the teenage mind.

Official film site: girlasleepfilm.com

  • Recommended for age
  • Film
  • 77 minutes
  • (M) Recommended for Mature Audiences
  • In cinemas 8 September

Awards

  • 2016 Seattle Film Festival | Grand Jury Prize
  • 2016 Seattle Film Festival | Futurewave Award
  • 2016 South Australian Screen Awards: Best Film
  • 2015 Foxtel Movies Audience Award Winner: Most Popular Feature
  • 2016 Berlinale 14plus Opening Night Film
  • 2016 Bafici Official Competition
  • 2016 Giffoni Generator Official Competition
  • 2016 The Age Critics Prize Best Australian Feature Film

Official Trailer

What the critics say

"This assured debut tells us teenage girls can, and will, save themselves... ★★★★"

The Guardian

"The new Australian film the world loves..."

Junkee

"An effervescent yet astute splash of teen life that delights the eyes, warms the heart and tickles the funny bone in equal measures."

Screen Daily

"An exuberant example of imaginative filmmaking that takes its cues from imagination and talent."

Variety

"Girl Asleep is the stylish, formally exuberant debut of theater director Rosemary Myers."

The Hollywood Reporter

"Visually stunning, like a nostalgia trip injected with a Wes Anderson dose of whimsy."

BuzzFeed

"The most complex and original comedy I’ve seen this year – an explosive film-directorial debut for Myers, and a brilliant showcase for its talented cast."

Scenestr

"Set in the time of flared jeans and record players, Girl Asleep takes audiences on a psychedelic journey into a world where anything can and will happen."

InDaily

"Wildly funny and deeply moving in equal measure, it is a work rich in larrikin character but universal in its themes and appeal. As Greta embraces her blossoming self, so to does Australian cinema welcome another memorable movie heroine."

Screen Space

"The combination of dad jokes, an underdog spirit, dream sequences and elaborate sets of 1970s suburbia pastiche makes a... charming package, landing somewhere between Where The Wild Things Are, Garden State and a whacked out Fear And Loathing trip for 14-year-olds."

Junkee

Meet the Cast & Creative Team

  • Rosemary Myers

    Director

    Under Rose’s leadership as Artistic Director, Windmill creates and presents work that is inspired by the vibrancy, sophistication and inventiveness of young people and the exhilarating challenges they pose to creating theatre of genuine relevance in this modern time. A multi-Helpmann Award nominated director, her productions regularly visit leading stages and festivals around Australia and the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Hong Kong’s Arts and Leisure Centre and New York’s New Victory Theatre. Her directing credits for Windmill include Pinocchio, The Wizard Of Oz, Fugitive, School Dance, Big Bad Wolf and Girl Asleep. Prior to Windmill, Rosemary was the Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company and Artistic Director of Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival in 2010.

  • Matthew Whittet

    Screenplay

    Matthew is an actor and writer who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for the past 19 years. As an actor Matt has performed for Belvoir many times, most recently in Cinderella, The Book Of Everything and Conversation Piece. His film credits include: GIRL ASLEEP, THE GREAT GATSBY, AUSTRALIA, YOU CAN’T STOP THE MURDERS and MOULIN ROUGE. Matt’s collaboration with Windmill has resulted in four plays with Girl Asleep being the most recent. Its predecessors are the Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards winning School Dance and Big Bad Wolf. Matt’s feature film adaptation of his play Girl Asleep (supported by The Hive Production Fund) debuted at the Adelaide Film Festival and went on to open the 2016 Generation 14 Plus Program at Berlin International Film Festival. Matt’s latest play Fight with All Your Might the Zombies of The Night, winner of the 2015 Foundation Commission Award, will premiere at ATYP in November 2016. Matt was among the seven Sidney Myer Creative Fellows chosen in 2012.

  • Jo Dyer

    Producer

    Jo’s debut film Michael James Rowland’s Lucky Miles was released in 2007 and won awards including the Audience Award for Best Film at Sydney Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Lucky Miles was also nominated for Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 2007 AFI and IF Awards and alongside co-producer Lesley Dyer, Jo was honoured with the Best Producer award at the Asian First Awards. Her follow up film, Michael Kantor’s The Boy Castaways premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in 2014 and on ABC television after a national release, before premiering internationally in 2015. Jo also contributed a chapter to the acclaimed feature anthology Tim Winton’s The Turning, which premiered nationally at the 2013 Melbourne Film Festival and internationally at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival.

  • Jonathon Oxlade

    Production Designer

    Jonathon studied Illustration and Sculpture at the Queensland College of Art. He has designed set and costumes for Windmill Theatre Co, Queensland Theatre, LaBoite Theatre, Is This Yours?, Aphids, Circa, Arena Theatre Company, Polyglot, The Real TV Project, Polytoxic, Men of Steel, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Vitalstatistix, Barking Gecko, Bell Shakespeare, The Border Project, State Theatre Company South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, The Escapists, Sandpit and Belvoir St Theatre. Venues and Festivals he has designed set and costumes for include the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, Asia TOPA, Adelaide Festival and Fringe, The Malthouse, Performance Space and the Queensland Art Gallery. Jonathon has illustrated the picture book The Empty City for Hachette Livre/Lothian, the Edie Amelia series by Sophie Lee, was Festival Designer for the 2010 Out of the Box Festival, 2015 Brisbane Festival’s Arcadia and is currently the Resident Designer at Windmill Theatre.

  • Andrew Commis

    Director of Photography

    Andrew’s debut feature Beautiful Kate premiered at Toronto in 2010 and received the prestigious Milli Award from the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) as the 2010 Cinematographer of the Year. The film received 10 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards nominations including Best Film and Best Cinematography and also won the 2009 IF Award for Best Cinematography. Andrew also shot the Emmy and BAFTA-nominated and AACTA award-winning television series The Slap, and received the ACS Award of Distinction for his work on the 2015 AACTA-winning television series Devils Playground. Andrew’s previous film The Rocket, won the Crystal Bear at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, and Best Feature Film at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. His feature film The Daughter was selected for the 2015 Venice and 2015 Toronto Film Festivals and starring Geoffrey Rush, will be released theatrically in 2016.

  • Karryn De Cinque

    Editor

    In 1993 Karryn De Cinque realised the fastest way to get her break as an editor was to apply for funding to direct a short film… and then hire herself to cut it! Michelle’s Third Novel was selected to open the 32nd New York Film Festival, screening before the US premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

    Since graduating in 1999 from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Karryn has worked primarily in documentary, winning numerous awards and receiving multiple nominations from the Australian Screen Editors Association, as well as a 2015 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television (AACTA) nomination for best editing in a Feature Documentary for her work on Tender, directed by Lynette Wallworth.

    Karryn has also cut more than 20 short films, and her latest work Nulla Nulla was recently nominated for a Crystal Bear at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, and an AACTA Award for best short film. Girl Asleep is Karryn’s first feature drama.

  • Harry Covill

    Composer

    Harry Covill is a student at the Victorian College of the Arts. Still in the early stages of his career, he has composed music for theatre, film, video art and community arts. His work has been shown in a range of venues and festivals nationally and internationally including Melbourne Theatre Company, QPAC’s Out Of The Box Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre, Melbourne Fringe, Adelaide Film Festival and the Sheffield Documentary Festival. In 2014 and 2015 he was commissioned to write the score for the Adelaide Fringe large scale outdoor performances. His debut feature film Girl Asleep premiered at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival.

  • Luke Smiles

    Sound Designer

    Luke creates highly detailed soundtracks for theatre, dance and film, working across all areas of music composition, sound design, foley and sound effects editing. Working under his business name motion laboratories, Luke has composed and produced soundtracks for many Australian and international artists & companies. Various credits include: ʻGʼ (Australian Dance Theatre), Double Think (Byron Perry), Glow (Chunky Move), I left my shoes on warm concrete and stood in the rain (Gabrielle Nankivell), The Maids (Sydney Theatre Company), Wildebeest (Sydney Dance Company), Fugitive, School Dance and Girl Asleep (Windmill Theatre Company).

  • Matthew Whittet

    Screenplay, Cast

    Matthew is an actor and writer who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for the past 19 years. As an actor Matt has performed for Belvoir many times, most recently in Cinderella, The Book Of Everything and Conversation Piece. His film credits include: GIRL ASLEEP, THE GREAT GATSBY, AUSTRALIA, YOU CAN’T STOP THE MURDERS and MOULIN ROUGE. Matt’s collaboration with Windmill has resulted in four plays with Girl Asleep being the most recent. Its predecessors are the Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards winning School Dance and Big Bad Wolf. Matt’s feature film adaptation of his play Girl Asleep (supported by The Hive Production Fund) debuted at the Adelaide Film Festival and went on to open the 2016 Generation 14 Plus Program at Berlin International Film Festival. Matt’s latest play Fight with All Your Might the Zombies of The Night, winner of the 2015 Foundation Commission Award, will premiere at ATYP in November 2016. Matt was among the seven Sidney Myer Creative Fellows chosen in 2012.

  • Bethany Whitmore

    Cast

    Bethany’s feature film debut came with PJ Hogan’s Mental, opposite Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia and Rebecca Gibney. At only six years old, she scored the role of Jaden in the US miniseries The Starter Wife playing Debra Messing’s daughter. She also voiced the eight year old Mary Daisy Dinkle in Mary And Max, the animated feature film from Oscar-winning director Adam Elliott, which debuted at Sundance Film Festival. Bethany has studied drama at NIDA, St Martins Youth Theatre and TAFTA. She has appeared in several short films and theatre productions, and played the lead character Greta in Windmill Theatre Co’s feature film, Girl Asleep.

  • Harrison Feldman

    Cast

    Harrison is best known to television audiences as the slack-jawed Oscar Bright on ABC’s Upper Middle Bogan, for which he received a 2014 Logie nomination in the category of Most Popular New Talent. He received his first taste of performance for TV by accident when he was ‘pranked’ by his best friend on the popular children’s comedy Prank Patrol and from there has thrown himself into the world of comedy and acting with passion and enthusiasm, recently attracting the interest of major US-based management. Harrison plays Elliott in Windmill Theatre’s feature film, Girl Asleep.

  • Amber McMahon

    Cast

    Amber McMahon is an award-winning actor who has worked extensively in theatre for the past 12 years. She graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2002 and has since worked across the country and abroad with a host of leading companies including Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Queensland Theatre Company and Windmill Theatre Co. Amber’s most recent theatre credits include Belvoir’s TWELFTH NIGHT and ANGELS IN AMERICA, Ensemble Theatre’s TRIBES, Malthouse Theatre’s PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, State Theatre Company South Australia’s THE POPULAR MECHANICALS, Melbourne Theatre Company’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST, Windmill Theatre Co’s GIRL ASLEEP and SCHOOL DANCE, for which she won the 2013 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play.

  • Eamon Farren

    Cast

    Eamon graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2007 and has worked extensively in film, television and theatre. His film credits include Lucky Country, Blessed, Red Dog, X, Chained, Careless Love; Love Is Now, Lion and Girl Asleep. In television, Eamon has worked on numerous productions including Steven Spielberg’s The PacificThe Killing Field; and most recently in Carlotta. He has worked for the leading Australian theatre companies, appearing in productions for Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre Company, Windmill Theatre Co and Griffin Theatre Company.

  • Tilda Cobham-Hervey

    Cast

    Tilda’s portrayal of Billie in the feature film 52 Tuesdays is widely considered one of the breakout performances from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Variety called her “a thoroughly beguiling newcomer blessed with offbeat beauty and natural charm,” and the film went on to win the award for Best Director in the World Dramatic Competition. Tilda’s second feature, One Eyed Girl, sees her playing the title character in this cinematic thriller, also released in 2015. Tilda played the role of Huldra in director Rosemary Myers’ Girl Asleep, which premiered at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival. Tilda made her television debut in the much-anticipated mini-series The Kettering Incident, alongside Elizabeth Debicki and Matthew Le Nevez.

  • Maiah Stewardson

    Cast

    Maiah’s major theatre performances include The Reading (2009) and The Visitors (2012) for Urban Myth Theatre as well as Fame (2012) and Bye Bye Birdie (2014) for her school. Maiah is also a passionate musician and has been involved in productions including the International Police Tattoo, as well as Stari Most, Bernstein’s Mass and The Lord Of The Rings with Young Adelaide Voices and the ASO. Maiah played Jade in Windmill Theatre’s feature film, Girl Asleep.

  • Imogen Archer

    Cast

    Imogen studied jazz and classical ballet for 12 years and her education as a music/drama student supports her career as an actor. Recent success includes playing Jasmine in the acclaimed feature film, 52 Tuesdays, directed by Sophie Hyde. Filming took place over the course of a year and Imogen’s role, while confronting, utilised the range of her acting abilities. Imogen played Genevieve in Windmill Theatre’s feature film, Girl Asleep.

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Listen to the Soundtrack

Where to Watch

8 September Cinema Nova / Melbourne, Australia
  • Thursday, September 8 2016, TBC
8 October Pivotonian Cinema / South Geelong, Australia
  • Saturday, October 8 2016, TBC
9 November Golden Age Cinema / Sydney, Australia
  • Wednesday, November 9 2016, TBC
14 November Hazelhurst Theatrette / New South Wales, Australia
  • Monday, November 14 2016, TBC
28 October Landmark Ken / San Diego, United States of America
  • Friday, October 28 2016, TBC
28 October The Manor / Pittsburgh, United States of America
  • Friday, October 28 2016, TBC
28 October Lake Worth Playhouse / Lake Worth, United States of America
  • Friday, October 28 2016, TBC
30 October Mayfair Theatre / Ottawa, Canada
  • Sunday, October 30 2016, TBC
30 November Guild / Albuquerque, United States of America
  • Wednesday, November 30 2016, TBC
3 November Globe Cinema / Calgary, Canada
  • Thursday, November 3 2016, TBC
17 December Museum of Fine Art / Houston, United States of America
  • Saturday, December 17 2016, TBC

A Note from the Director

Rosemary Myers

‘The forest where they go,’ says psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, ‘symbolises the place in which inner darkness is confronted and worked through; where uncertainty is resolved about who one is; and where one begins to understand who one wants to be.’ Adolescence is like a forest; it’s a time of life that some merrily skip through, some struggle through and for some, a place they enter but never come out the other side. It’s a place of beauty, horror and a place where you can easily come undone.

Over the past six years I have been collaborating with Matthew Whittet to deliver teenage stories to the stage. This time of life, the teenage years, provides us very fertile terrain as it is here we really begin to understand ourselves as individuals, separate from our parents and family, and on the cusp of self-determining who we might be and how we will live. This awareness comes with other realisations, like the parents you may have held on a pedestal are actually fallible, maybe even embarrassing, and that there is a social hierarchy, a pecking order, that must be negotiated and it can be brutal.

In our theatre making we love to capitalise on the live nature of the experience. We rely on our inventiveness and our audience’s imagination to realise impossible things. Our theatre work has been deeply shaped by the screen – the dominant artistic medium of our lifetime – so it was a tremendous adrenaline rush to have the opportunity to use the capacities of this medium; things like multiple locations, editing and point of view, and to make an actual film! But we also wanted to hold dear to our lateral natures evolved in the theatre. Our artists, like scenic designer Jonathon Oxlade and sound designer Luke Smiles, were thrilled to collaborate with film artists, like DOP Andrew Commis and editor Karryn de Cinque. There was lot of creative joy in our coming together and being able to embrace and absorb our respective art forms and create this hybrid storytelling – the realised world of Greta Driscoll and the story of Girl Asleep.

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Credits

  • Director Rosemary Myers
  • Screenplay Matthew Whittet
  • Producer Jo Dyer
  • Production Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Director of Photography Andrew Commis
  • Editor Karryn De Cinque
  • Composer Harry Covill
  • Sound Designer Luke Smiles
  • Conrad, Abject Man Matthew Whittet
  • Greta Bethany Whitmore
  • Elliott Harrison Feldman
  • Janet Amber McMahon
  • Adam Eamon Farren
  • The Huldra Tilda Cobham-Hervey
  • Jade Maiah Stewardson
  • Genevieve Imogen Archer

Acknowledgements

Produced by Windmill Theatre and Soft Tread Enterprises

Girl Asleep is commissioned by Adelaide Film Festival through the HIVE FUND, which is an Adelaide Film Festival initiative with partners ABC Arts, Screen Australia and Australia Council for the Arts. Additional support  provided by SA Film Corporation and The Ian Potter Foundation.

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