The Turning (2013 film)

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The Turning
The Turning poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byThe Turning Ensemble
Screenplay byThe Turning Ensemble
Based onThe Turning by
Tim Winton
Produced byRobert Connolly
Maggie Miles
The Turning Ensemble
StarringCate Blanchett
Rose Byrne
Hugo Weaving
Miranda Otto
CinematographyThe Turning Ensemble
Edited byThe Turning Ensemble
Music byThe Turning Ensemble
Distributed byMadman Entertainment[1]
Release date
Running time
180 minutes

The Turning is a 2013 Australian anthology drama[2] film based on a 2005 collection of short stories by Tim Winton. It premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival on 3 August 2013.[3] It was nominated for the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Feature Film,[4] and was screened in the Berlinale Special Galas section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.[5]



18 directors worked on the film, including Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham, and Stephen Page who made their directorial debuts.[6] Initially, Cate Blanchett also intended to direct before switching to an acting role, with Simon Stone taking her place behind the camera.[6]

The Turning Ensemble[edit]

90-minute broadcast version[edit]

Rose Byrne filming The Turning, 2012.

The Turning was heavily cut down and rearranged for broadcast on ABC1, debuting on 23 February 2014.[7] Running for approximately 90 minutes (as opposed to the 180-minute theatrical cut), only eight of the original 17 stories were included: "Reunion", "Aquifer", "On Her Knees", "The Turning", "Long, Clear View", "Commission", "Cockleshell", and "Sand". The remaining nine stories were made available online as multi-platform ABC iView content.[7]


The Turning received positive reviews from critics and audiences, earning an approval rating of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 27 reviews.[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Awards
Best Film Robert Connolly Nominated
Maggie Miles Nominated
The Turning Ensemble Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Best Actor Hugo Weaving Nominated
Best Actress Rose Byrne Won
Best Supporting Actress Mirrah Foulkes Nominated
Best Editing The Turning Ensemble Nominated


  1. ^ "The Turning-Australian Box Office". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Groves, Don (5 August 2013). "MIFF audiences respond to The Turning".
  4. ^ "Winners & Nominees 2013". Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Berlinale Special 2014". Berlinale. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  6. ^ a b Hawker, Philippa (6 September 2013). "Fresh take". The Age.
  7. ^ a b Knox, David (19 February 2014). "Airdate: Tim Winton's The Turning". Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  8. ^ "The Turning - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 17 January 2015.

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