Celia (film)

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Directed by Ann Turner
Produced by Gordon Glenn
Timothy White
Written by Ann Turner
Music by Chris Neal
Cinematography Geoffrey Simpson
Edited by Ken Sallows
Distributed by Trylon Video (USA)
Aniplex (Japan)
Release date
Germany 5 October 1989
United States 19 March 1990
Japan Un-Released
Running time
103 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$1.4 million[1]
Box office A$23,336 (Australia)
¥ 32,255 (Japan)

Celia (also known as Celia: Child of Terror) is a 1988 Australian drama film written and directed by Ann Turner.


In suburban Melbourne in the 1950s, amidst the Red Scare and a rabbit plague, Celia (Rebecca Smart) is a troubled nine-year-old caught up in these events, as well as family crises, and whose response to them eventually leads to tragic consequences.



Ann Turner was a graduate of Swinburne who had worked at Film Victoria and the Australian Film Commission as a consultant. She was inspired to write the film by an article in the paper about the Bolte government's rabbit muster in the 1950s.[2][3]

The script was written in 1984 when it won the AWGIE for Best Unproduced Screenplay.[4]


Celia grossed $23,336 and ¥ 32,255 at the box office in Australia and Japan.[5]

Turner won the Grand Prix award at the 1989 Créteil International Women's Film Festival and for her part as Alice Tanner, Victoria Longley won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award from the Australian Film Institute.

To date, the film has been released on DVD in Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. More recently it was released on video in the United States and Canada by Scorpion Releasing under their sub-label Katarina's Nightmare Theatre.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Karl Quinn, "Celia", Australia Film 1978-1994, Oxford Uni Press 1993 p269
  2. ^ Ron Burnett, "Take the bunny and run: Memories of childhood and Ann Turner's Celia", Cinema Papers, March 1989 p6-10
  3. ^ "Interview with Ann Turner", Signis, 16 January 1998 accessed 21 November 2012
  4. ^ David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p368-369
  5. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
  6. ^ "Company Credits for Celia". imdb.com. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 

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