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The Devil's Playground

Blu-ray

The story follows 13-year-old Tom Allen, a serious, likable boy whose calling for the church is complicated by guilt associated with his masturbation and sinful thoughts. Brother Francine prowls the school's corridors, Brother Victor refutes the harsh discipline that scars the hearts and minds of the students.


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Internationally renowned filmmaker Fred Schepisi's celebrated first feature is a lushly photographed period drama detailing a young boy's coming-of-age in a strict Catholic seminary in 1950s Victoria.

A semi-autobiographical retelling of the director's own training for the priesthood, the story follows 13-year-old Tom Allen (Simon Burke), a serious, likable boy whose calling for the church is complicated by guilt associated with his masturbation and sinful thoughts. While the ascetic Brother Francine (Arthur Dignam) prowls the school's corridors looking for evidence of "the undisciplined mind", the hard-drinking Brother Victor (Nick Tate) refutes the harsh discipline that scars the hearts and minds of the students - though each battle a desire to consummate the pleasures of the flesh.

Presented in a brand new high definition transfer, this Australian film classic cemented the rise of director Fred Schepisi when it won six AFI awards including Best Film and Best Director and made a breakthrough screening at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976.
  • Published
    2014-06-04
  • Run Time
    99
  • TV Series
    No
  • Genre
    Drama
  • Number Of Discs
    1
  • Format
    Blu-ray
  • Packaging Details
    Blu Ray
  • Special Features
    Featurette with director Fred Schepisi and key cast and crew
    ,Interview with Fred Schepisi - 39 mins
    ,Audio Commentary with Fred Schepisi
    ,Stills Gallery
    ,Theatrical Trailer
  • Age Rating
    M
  • Boxset
    No
  • Limited Edition
    No
  • Release Date
    Wed Jun 04 00:00:00 AEST 2014
  • Brand Name
    Umbrella Entertainment Pty Ltd
  • Country Of Origin
    Australia
  • Boxed Width
    13.5 cm
  • Boxed Length
    17.1 cm
  • Boxed Height
    1.3 cm
  • Product Code
    WCC100000000055697
  • Reference Number
    055697
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