Now Available on DVD

 

Australia 2008 | Run time: 97 min. |PG-13

Director: Elissa Down

 

The Black Balloon Poster

When Thomas (Rhys Wakefield) and his family move to a new home and he has to start at a new school, all he wants is to fit in. When his pregnant mother (Toni Collette) has to take things easy, his father Simon (Erik Thomson) puts him in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie (Luke Ford).

Thomas, with the help of his new girlfriend Jackie (Gemma Ward), faces his biggest challenge yet. Charlie's unusual antics take Thomas on an emotional journey that causes his pent-up frustrations about his brother to pour out - in a story that is funny, confronting, and ultimately heart-warming.

 

The Black Balloon is a story about fitting in, discovering love and accepting your family. Films' Website

 

The Black Balloon was released in 2009 and played in over twenty locations in major cities such as Minneapolis, Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco, Dallas and Philadelphia

 

Reviews and Articles

The Contra Costa Times (Preview Listing)

April 14, 2009

 

The California Chronicle (Preview Listing)

April 14, 2009

 

Arizona Daily Star: REVIEW (Phil Villarreal)

April 10, 2009

 

Denton Record Chronicle: CAPSULE (Ty Burr Wire)

April 10, 2009

 

Dallas Observer: REVIEW (Scott Foundas Wire)

April 10, 2009

 

Dallas Morning News: REVIEW (Ty Burr Wire)

April 10, 2009

 

Austin American Statesman (Ran wire in Print per Chris Garcia, LISTING online)

April 10, 2009

 

Austin Chronicle: REVIEW ( Kimberley Jones)

April 10, 2009

 

Indianapolis Star / Metromix Indianapolis (Geoff Berkshire Review)

April 2009

 

Jim Sullivan Ink: REVIEW (Jim Sullivan)

April 2009

 

Wicked Local ( Newton Tab): Ran Wire of AL Alexander

April 2009

 

The Patriot Ledger: REVIEW (Al Alexander)

April 3, 2009

 

Boston Phoenix: REVIEW (Alicia Potter)

April 1, 2009

 

Boston Globe: REVIEW (Ty Burr)

April 3, 2009

 

Anchorage Daily News (Capsule Listing)

March 2009

 

Examiner.com ( Seattle)

April 3, 2009

 

Seattle Times: REVIEW (Ted Fry)

April 3, 2009

 

Seattle Times (preview listing)

April 2, 2009

 

Seattle Weekly: Scott Foundas Wire

April 2, 2009

 

San Diego Reader: REVIEW (Duncan Shepard)

April 2, 2009

 

San Diego City Beat: REVIEW (Anders Wright)

April 2, 2009

 

NORTH COUNTY TIMES: REVIEW (Dan Bennett)

April 2, 2009

 

San Diego Union Tribune (Capsule and listing)

March 2009

 

La Jolla Light (Capsule) Nicole Reino

March 2009

 

MLive.com (listing)

March 19, 2009

 

Sun-Sentinel – RUSSEL EDWARDS, Variety Review

March 13, 2009

 

The Gainesville Sun: REIVEW (Bill Dean)

March 13, 2009

 

TwinCities.com

March 2009

 

Miami Herald

March 2009

 

The Star Tribune: REVIEW (Colin Covert)

March 2009

 

The Daily Herald

March 2009

 

Vitamn

March 5, 2009

 

The Oregonian

February 28, 2009

 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

February 26, 2009

 

The Star: REVIEW (Greg Quill)

February 13, 2009

 

The Autism News (repeated from The Star)

February 13, 2009

 

NY Times

February 5, 2009

 

Hollyscoop

February 6, 2009

 

The Catholic Church

February 6, 2009

 

Catholic News

January 27, 2009

 

The Desert Sun

January 18, 2009

 

GoErie

January 14, 2009

 

The Film Files: REVIEW (Dianne Brooks)

December 15, 2008

 

Tiny Mix Tapes: REVIEW (Anthony DeMatteo)

December 15, 2008

 

Under the Radar Mag: REVIEW (Chris Tinkham)

December 10, 2008

 

Boxoffice.com: REVIEW (John P. McCarthy)

December 5, 2008

 

The Popcorn Reel: REVIEW (Omar P.L. More)

December 5, 2008

 

New York Times: REVIEW (Stephen Holden)

December 5, 2008

LA TIMES: REVIEW (Sheri Linden)

December 5, 2008

 

Metromix LA: REVIEW (Geoff Berkshire)

December 4, 2008

 

Mansir53 Blog

December 5, 2008

 

Real Movie News: REVIEW (Bailey Henderson)

December 3, 2008

 

Slant Magazine: REVIEW (Nick Schager)

December 3, 2008

 

Entertainment Weekly: REVIEW (Lisa Schwartzbaum)

December 3, 2008

 

Village Voice: REVIEW (Scott Foundas)

December 2, 2008

 

IFC: REVIEW (Neil Pedley)

December 1, 2008

 

NewsBlaze: REVIEW (Prairie Miller)

November 29, 2008

 

LAist: REVIEW (Farley Elliott)

November 23, 2008

 

Compuserve: REVIEW (Harvey Karten)

November 20, 2008

 

The Christian Post: REVIEW (Denny Wayman)

November 18, 2008

 

Screen Head: REVIEW (Kenna McHugh )

November 5, 2008

 

The National: REVIEW (Tanya Hanna)

November 4, 2008

 

SKUAK

October 16, 2008

 

LA Weekly: REVIEW (Scott Foundas)

 

LA City Beat: (Hard Copy)

 

Campus Circle: REVIEW (Sasha Perl-Raver)

 

Entertainment Weekly: (Hard Copy)

 

 

 

Cast & Crew

Director: Elissa Down

Writers: Elissa Down, Jimmy Jack

Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson, Gemma Ward

Producers: Tristram Miall (producer of "Strictly Ballroom")

Composer: Michael Yezerski

Director of Photography: Denson Baker Acs

Editor: Veronica Jenet Ase

Casting Director: Nikki Barrett

Awards

2009 Prism Award

Feature Film Nominee

 

L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Award for Best Film

 

The Black Balloon. Tristam Miall

 

2008 AFI Award for Best Direction

 

The Black Balloon. Elissa Down

 

2008 Macquarie AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay

 

The Black Balloon. Elissa Down & Jimmy The Exploder

2008 AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor

 

Luke Ford. The Black Balloon

 

2008 AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress

 

Toni Collette. The Black Balloon

 

 

"The casting and chemistry between the actors is pitch perfect."

Dee Jefferson, Inside Film Australia

 

"One of the most genuinely enjoyable films out of Australia in years."

Megan Lehmann, The Hollywood Reporter

 

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