Followed by the festival’s opening night reception sponsored by the Australian Embassy.
This adaptation of Craig Silvey's bestselling novel is a riveting and moving coming-of-age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town’s
This adaptation of Craig Silvey’s bestselling novel is a riveting and moving coming-of-age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race outcast, shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishheart, Charlie’s life is changed forever. Entrusted with this secret and believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the true killer.
“Boasting excellent performances by young actors Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller (Pan) and Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), and with Toni Collette in top form as the protagonist’s frustrated mother, this is the best film yet by director Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae)…” — Richard Kuipers, Variety
“Rachel Perkins… threads the plot’s various elements together so seamlessly it’s easy to forget that Jasper Jones ticks many boxes at the same time: a charming, genre-traversing film. It’s compelling as a whodunit, touching as a coming-of-age story, insightful as a picture of race relations and crafty as a drama about secrets, concealing a few of its own for a final, satisfying reveal.” — Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian