Celia DVD
Drama / Fantasy / Horror


A film by Ann Turner.

Set in mid-1950s Australia, with the fear of communism in the air and the country's farmlands overrun by a plague of rabbits, the film depicts a long hot summer seen through the eyes and over-active imagination of nine year old Celia.

Shaken by the death of her beloved grandmother, Celia finds herself adrift between the cruel games and rituals of childhood and the incomprehensible world of grown-ups. With monstrous creatures stalking her dreams by night, those imagined terrors blur by day with the banal brutality of the adult world and lead to tragic and shocking consequences.


Ann Turner's refreshingly unsentimental debut feature is a dark fable of childhood's end. An enthralling film to rank alongside Lord of the Flies, The 400 Blows and Stand By Me – and a major influence on Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook (2014).

Production Year: 1989
Region Code: 0
UK Rating: 15
Running Time: 99 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: English
Audio: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Colour: Colour
Director Ann Turner
Cast Rebecca Smart
Cast Nicholas Eadie
Cast Victoria Longley
  • Newly filmed interview with director Ann Turner
  • New anamorphic transfer from original materials, supervised by the director
  • Booklet featuring new essays by writer and film historian Michael Brooke / author and historian Professor Joy Damousi, and ‘The Hobyahs’ – a traditional folktale featured in the film.
  • Photo gallery