The Black Balloon by Eilssa Down
The Black Balloon (2008) - IMDb
The Black Balloon by Elissa Down is a film text within the “Texts and Society ” Module C(Elective 1:Exporing Interactions ) in the 2015 course.
The Black Balloon by Elissa Down - HSC English …
Down’s debut feature, like a number of her shorts, is semi-autobiographical and draws on her memories of growing up Down Under. The Black Balloon is an extremely likeable coming of age story about 15-year-old Thomas (Rhys Wakefield), an army brat whose good-hearted but disruptive brother Charlie (Luke Ford) makes life tough for their pregnant mother (Toni Collette) and endangers Thomas’ romance with girl-next-door Jackie (Gemma Ward). Down herself has two autistic brothers and here, with the help of co-writer Jimmy Jack (bizarrely credited here as Jimmy the Exploder), transforms her own childhood experiences into an accessible and moving narrative. She also has a great eye for conveying place and time with simple details and the performances she elicits from her young leads (especially Ford) as well as old hands like Collette suggest she has an innate understanding of how to get the best out of actors.