Rosemary Myer's GIRL ASLEEP to Premiere at Adelaide Film Festival 2015
Rosemary Myers' directorial debut feature Girl Asleep, a coming of age story that explores the life of 14-year-old Greta Driscoll, will make its world premiere at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival in October.
Set in the 1970s and boasting an array of captivating performances from its talented Australian cast, including Bethany Whitmore (MENTAL; MARY AND MAX), Harrison Feldman (UPPER MIDDLE BOGAN), Matthew Whittet (THE GREAT GATSBY; MOULIN ROUGE), Eamon Farren (LOVE IS NOW; RED DOG) and Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 TUESDAYS), Girl Asleep is a journey into the absurd, scary and beautiful heart of the TEENAGE mind.
The screenplay, written by Matthew Whittet, is based on the critically acclaimed theatrical work that premiered as part of Windmill Theatre's trilogy for TEENAGE audiences at the 2014 Adelaide Festival of Arts.
The film explores the life of Greta Driscoll, who on the cusp of turning fifteen, can't bear to leave her childhood as 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.
Windmill Theatre Artistic Director and Girl Asleep Director Rosemary Myers today said, "The TEENAGE psyche is full of beautiful contradiction. It is fragile and ballsy, serious yet kooky, hugely generous and totally unforgiving - it can be loudly public and intensely private. This dualism is a gift for knife-edge drama and some genuinely hilarious and relatable (read 'cringeworthy') humour.
One of the unique aspects of this project was the coming together of artists from the world of theatre and film. It was a heady process as we became INFECTED with each other's imaginations and mutually cracked open our genre-defined world views to envisage and then bring into existence the rich landscapes of Greta's experience."
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, with additional support from SA Film Corporation and The Ian Potter Foundation. The film is produced by Jo Dyer (THE BOY CASTAWAYS; LUCKY MILES) and will be distributed in Australia by KOJO.
Producer Jo Dyer added, "Windmill has built a genuine engagement with young audiences and has established a body of theatre work for teenagers that has been critically acclaimed and enjoyed by thousands of young people across Australia. The team can't wait to share this new, unique offering with Adelaide audiences in October."
The film will have its world premiere at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival on October 20. It is slated for national release in 2016 and will screen on ABC Television.