Girl Asleep

Girl Asleep

Girl Asleep

Critically-acclaimed debut from Australian filmmaker Rosemary Myers, a coming-of-age tale that journeys deep into the teenage mind. Nominated for the Crystal Bear for Best Feature Film (Generation 14+) at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.

"Greta is 14 years old and has just moved to a new town with her family. It’s tough, but at least she's found a soulmate at her new school: Elliott is an outsider like her, he's funny and sweet, maybe a bit childish too, and he wants to be her boyfriend. Her sister has already made it: she lives her own life. It wouldn’t be so bad if her parents hadn't got it into their heads to throw a surprise party for her. Given the choice, Greta would simply run away. In the mysterious forest behind the house lurk strange creatures and Huldra, the fearless warrior. A weird and wonderful coming of age tale, absurd and eerie, terrible yet lovely – just like the life of a 14-year-old when everything around is changing." (Berlin International Film Festival)

2015Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language77 minsAustralia
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Weird

A strange movie.

2.0

Simple, effective, funny and sensitive ... not your average coming-of age

Rosemary Myers's début film refuses to stick to the usual formulas; It embraces a certain darkness while remaining benevolent. Comedy, coming-of-age, fantasy, all applied to this quirky and charming Australian flick. Adapted from the stage to the screen it retains a touch of the theatrical in the best way possible and manage to be repeatedly visually...

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

A strange, savvy, big-hearted teen adventure that feels perfectly pitched to its target audience as well as those of all ages in search of something unquestionably unique.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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In fact it's in Myers's commitment to eccentricity that Girl Asleep - an art-house film made firmly with a teenage audience in its sight - finds its heart.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

...a delightful first feature by Adelaide director Rosemary Myers that explores some familiar themes with great resourcefulness and charm.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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Myers crafts an effervescent yet astute splash of teen life that delights the eyes, warms the heart and tickles the funny bone in equal measures.

SBS

SBS

press

[The] characters are so charming and funny, and the stylistic excesses handled with such aplomb, that this film... is a fresh-faced delight with all the makings of a local crowd-pleaser.

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Charming and unique - a fresh take on adolescence.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Girl Asleep might be about an awakening, but it's not a sexual awakening, and this is one teen comedy in which, at long last, the geek doesn't get the girl.

Adelaide Review

Adelaide Review

press

Inventive and confidently executed... a bright and occasionally subversive take on teen growing pains that gives fresh legs to a familiar genre.

Variety

Variety

press

A strange, savvy, big-hearted teen adventure that feels perfectly pitched to its target audience as well as those of all ages in search of something unquestionably unique.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

In fact it's in Myers's commitment to eccentricity that Girl Asleep - an art-house film made firmly with a teenage audience in its sight - finds its heart.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

...a delightful first feature by Adelaide director Rosemary Myers that explores some familiar themes with great resourcefulness and charm.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Myers crafts an effervescent yet astute splash of teen life that delights the eyes, warms the heart and tickles the funny bone in equal measures.

SBS

SBS

press

[The] characters are so charming and funny, and the stylistic excesses handled with such aplomb, that this film... is a fresh-faced delight with all the makings of a local crowd-pleaser.

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Charming and unique - a fresh take on adolescence.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Girl Asleep might be about an awakening, but it's not a sexual awakening, and this is one teen comedy in which, at long last, the geek doesn't get the girl.

Adelaide Review

Adelaide Review

press

Inventive and confidently executed... a bright and occasionally subversive take on teen growing pains that gives fresh legs to a familiar genre.

Weird

A strange movie.

2.0

Simple, effective, funny and sensitive ... not your average coming-of age

Rosemary Myers's début film refuses to stick to the usual formulas; It embraces a certain darkness while remaining benevolent. Comedy, coming-of-age, fantasy, all applied to this quirky and charming Australian flick. Adapted from the stage to the screen it retains a touch of the theatrical in the best way possible and manage to be repeatedly visually...

5.0