Girl Asleep

Fifteen is going to turn a corner. It has to.

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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 Co, Girl Asleep is a journey into the absurd, scary and beautiful heart of the teenage mind.

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  • For ages 14+
  • Film
  • 77 minutes


  • 2015 Foxtel Movies Audience Award Winner: Most Popular Feature
  • 2016 Seattle Film Festival | Grand Jury Prize
  • 2016 Seattle Film Festival | Futurewave Award
  • 2016 CinefestOZ Film Prize
  • 2016 South Australian Screen Awards: Best Film
  • 2016 Berlinale 14plus Opening Night Film
  • 2016 Bafici Official Competition
  • 2016 Giffoni Generator Official Competition
  • 2016 The Age Critics Prize Best Australian Feature Film
  • 2016 APDG Award | Costume Design for a Feature Film | Jonathon Oxlade
  • 2016 APDG Award | Production Design for a Feature Film | Jonathon Oxlade
  • 2016 AACTA Award for Best Costume Design
  • 2016 Ruby Award for Best Work
  • 2016 Ruby Award for Arts Innovation and Enterprise
  • 2017 Australian Film Critics Association | Best Film

Official Trailer

Where to Watch

Now Available on BluRay, DVD & On Demand

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  • Director Rosemary Myers
  • Producer Jo Dyer
  • Screenplay, Actor Matthew Whittet
  • Production Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Director of Photography Andrew Commis
  • Editor Karryn De Cinque
  • Composer Harry Covill
  • Sound Designer Luke Smiles
  • Actor Bethany Whitmore
  • Actor Harrison Feldman
  • Actor Amber McMahon
  • Actor Eamon Farren
  • Actor Tilda Cobham-Hervey
  • Actor Maiah Stewardson
  • Actor Imogen Archer

What the critics say

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

The Guardian

"Magic... offbeat but strangely so right. ★★★★"

Rolling Stone France

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


"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."


"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."


"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."


"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."


"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."


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Meet the Cast & Creative Team

  • Rosemary Myers


    Under Rose’s leadership as Artistic Director, Windmill creates and presents work inspired by the vibrancy, sophistication and inventiveness of young people and the exhilarating challenges they pose to creating theatre of relevance in this modern time.

    Rose is 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 Rumpelstiltskin, 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. In 2015, she directed her first feature film Girl Asleep with Windmill Theatre Co, and in 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Australia Council Theatre Award.

  • Jo Dyer


    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.

  • Matthew Whittet

    Screenplay, Actor

    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 productions 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.

  • Jonathon Oxlade

    Production Designer

    Jonathon has designed set and costumes for Queensland Theatre, LaBoite Theatre, isthisyours?, Aphids, Arena Theatre Company, Polyglot, The Real TV Project, Polytoxic, Men of Steel, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Vitalstatistix and Barking Gecko.

    He has also worked with Bell Shakespeare, The Border Project, State Theatre of South Australia, Dead Puppet Society, The Last Great Hunt, Sydney Theatre Company, The Escapists, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sandpit, Belvoir St Theatre and Windmill Theatre Co, where he is resident designer. Jonathon has received numerous awards. Most recently in 2016, Jonathon was awarded the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and received APDG awards for both Best Production Design and Best Costume Design for ‘Girl Asleep’, and received an AACTA award for best Costume for ‘Girl Asleep’. In 2017, he received Best Costume Design for ‘Mr Burns’ Sydney Theatre Awards.

  • Andrew Commis

    Director of Photography

    Andrew’s debut feature Beautiful Kate first premiered at Toronto in 2010. Andrew received the prestigious Milli Award from the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) as the 2010 Cinematographer of the Year for his work on the film.
    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


    In 1993, Karryn applied for funding to direct a short film and hired herself to cut it, realising it was the fastest way to get her break. Michelle’s Third Novel was selected to open the 32nd New York Film Festival, screening before the US premiere of 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


    Harry 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.These include 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. His work is enjoyed by audiences both nationally and around the world.Working under his business name motion laboratories, Luke has composed and produced soundtracks for many Australian and international artists & companies. Various credits include: Carbon Field (Queensland Ballet), ʻGʼ (Australian Dance Theatre), Glow (Chunky Move), Roadkill, The Ninth Wave (The Farm), Split Second Heroes (Gabrielle Nankivell), SURGE (Dancenorth), The Maids (Sydney Theatre Company), Wildebeest, Neon Aether (Sydney Dance Company), Fugitive, School Dance and Girl Asleep (Windmill Theatre Co).

  • Bethany Whitmore


    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


    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.
    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


    Amber trained at Flinders University Drama Centre and was a recipient of the Adele Koh Scholarship to study at the Stella Adler Company & SITI Company in New York. Amber most recently performed in Banging Denmark (STC), Small Mouth Sounds (Darlinghurst), and a sold out run of The Appleton Ladies Potato Race (Ensemble). Previous work includes North by Northwest (Kay & McLean Productions), Accidental Death of An Anarchist (STC)The Popular Mechanicals (STC/STCSA)Bliss, Picnic at Hanging Rock (Malthouse), Atlantis, Twelfth Night, and Angels in America (Belvoir). She was also a part of STC’s Actors Company. Amber’s screen credits include the award winning feature film Girl Asleepfor which she was nominated for Australian Film Critics Association’s 2017 Best Supporting Actress Award. She can next be seen in the upcoming SBS mini-series The HuntingAmber has also won two Helpmann Awards for Best Supporting Actress for work in Windmill’s Girl Asleep and School Dance.

  • Eamon Farren


    Eamon graduated from 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


    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.”
    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


    At nineteen years old, Maiah resides between Adelaide and Melbourne, working broadly across professional and personal creative projects. Her professional screen debut was in Windmill’s widely acclaimed feature Girl Asleep from director Rosemary Myers.

    With most of her background situated in the theatre scene, Maiah has undertaken several training oportunities, including participating in NIDA short courses, Estil vocal coaching, 16th Street Studio and Howard Fine workshops and, recently, an intensive masterclass with Larry Moss. This year, she will lead in Windmill ’s new work, Amphibian. In addition to acting, Maiah is heavily involved in Adelaide’s filmmaking and writing scene – where she works with other artists to tell unique coming-of-age stories. Her other passions include spoken word poetry, physical theatre, singing and directing.


  • Imogen Archer


    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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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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School Program

Digital Education Package In class + online

Girl Asleep

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

Our new comprehensive digital Education Package consists of the film, study guide, and access to An Interactive Journey, an online resource for students to explore the set, meet the cast and crew, and take a quiz to discover their ultimate film role.

For years - 12


Girl Asleep was produced by Windmill Theatre Company and Soft Tread Enterprises. It was commissioned by Adelaide Film Festival through the Hive Fund, an Adelaide Film Festival initiative with partners ABC Arts, Screen Australia and Australia Council for the Arts. Additional support was provided by South Australian Film Corporation and The Ian Potter Foundation.



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