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THE CATERPILLAR WISH

Director: Sandra Sciberras

AUSTRALIA| 2006. COLOUR. DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO. 95 MIN.


In a small coastal town in Victoria, 17-year-old Emily (Victoria Thaine) is anxious to find out who was her father.
Her single mom Susan (Susie Porter) wants to keep the past closed off, and maintains that the father was a ‘tom cat’—a tourist who came through the town one summer and never returned. Local boatman Stephen (Robert Mammone), however, is haunted by the past and memories of his deceased wife and daughter. Carl (Philip Quast), the town policeman, is hiding the past from his wife Elizabeth (Wendy Hughes), while their older son Joel (Khan Chittenden) has a secret affair with Emily.
Writer-director Sandra Sciberras is making her second feature (after Deeper than Blue), and her storytelling is more confident and accomplished this time around. Sciberras’ focus is on character, not action, and her scripts attract top-flight actors. She writes particularly well for women. In The Caterpillar Wish, Victoria Thaine is a good fit for Sciberras’ theme of the optimism and innocence of youth.

MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE FUNDRAISER
A number of tickets for The Caterpillar Wishare being made available for a fundraiser for this charity (CHY 14187) which will be followed by a wine reception in the IFI. Tickets for this are €40 and every cent will reach its destination at the Department of Neuroscience at St Vincents. If you would like to support this, please contact Trish Crerar 086 356 7373.

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