Rachel Perkins directs an outstanding cast of young performers in a riveting story that weaves drama, humour, tragedy and a uniquely Australian touch of the gothic.
Perkins ... threads the plot’s various elements together so seamlessly ... It's compelling as a whodunit, touching as a coming-of-age story, insightful as a picture of race relations [in] a drama about secrets, concealing a few of its own for a final, satisfying reveal.
Adapted from Craig Silvey's bestselling Australian novel of the same name and directed by prolific television and feature filmmaker Rachel Perkins (Radiance, Bran Nue Dae, One Night the Moon, First Australians, Mystery Road, Total Control) Jasper Jones is an absorbing coming-of-age story told through the eyes of Charlie Bucktin (Levi Miller), an introverted boy of fourteen living in a small Western Australian town – Pemberton, W.A., standing in for the fictional town of Corrigan.
On a hot summer's night at the tail end of the 1960s, Charlie is visited by a desperate Jasper Jones (Aaron McGrath), a solitary, mixed-race teen used to keeping his own company. Jasper has made a terrible discovery and, given the suspicion with which he is unfairly but routinely regarded by some in the town, fears the repercussions. Jasper's secret becomes a shared burden for the boys to keep and a mystery Charlie is determined to solve, with unexpected consequences for them both.
Perkins directs an outstanding cast of talented young performers that also includes Angourie Rice (Ladies in Black), alongside seasoned actors Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving and Dan Wyllie – all excellent in a riveting, multi-layered story that weaves drama, humour, tragedy and a uniquely Australian touch of the gothic.
3 Dec 2020 – 25 Feb 2021
Mature themes and coarse language