The Devil's Playground

Australia, 1976

Film
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The subject of a Catholic adolescence in a preparatory school for seminarians set in provincial Victoria, 1953, is substantially autobiographical which explains the engaging intimacy that Schepisi achieves in his first film. An unusual feature, given its subject, is the avoidance of a single point of view. It is not just the youths that are trapped by the Irish Catholic rigidities of the institution but the staff as well. The film does not question belief so much as the institutional distortions that are engendered by the imperatives of belief. Cast includes Arthur Dignam, Nick Tate, Simon Burke and Thomas Keneally.

Credits

producer/director

Fred Schepisi

production company

Feature Film House Productions

Duration

01:38:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1976

Appears in

Constellation

Fred Schepisi

Fred Schepisi's diverse body of work connects to acclaimed local productions, westerns and Hollywood favourites.

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

33696

Language

English

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Adolescence

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Catholic Church

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Adolescence

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

Collected

11 times

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