“Director Rosemary Myers brings a pitch-perfect sense of heightened reality to this coming-of-age drama. Her attention to detail, and the care she takes in framing a scene, put her in the same conversation as Wes Anderson. But unlike Anderson, Myers is fascinated by the pedestrian and the mundane, and she channels that fascination towards some understated and inspired directorial choices.”
“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. The weirdness of Greta’s world is just an expansion of the weirdness of being a teenager.”
“Wildly funny and deeply moving in equal measure, it is a work rich in larrikin character but universal in its themes and appeal. As Greta embraces her blossoming self, so to does Australian cinema welcome another memorable movie heroine.”
“It can be summed up in one simple adjective…utterly marvellous. The focus of the film may be on young people but the antics are something that should appeal to any age, particularly those who remember the 1970s, their childhood awkwardness, or that moment when they suddenly grew up.”
“Each shot is artfully staged like a living diorama, packed with whimsical details and corner-of-your-eye visual jokes. A bright and occasionally subversive take on teen growing pains that gives fresh legs to a familiar genre. We’re lucky to call this one our own.”
“Very stylish, a beautiful fairy tale.”
“What’s noticeable is how utterly fresh [Rose Myers’] direction for the screen is. There’s a feeling you are watching something special.”
The world premiere of Girl Asleep at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival is officially sold out. We’re told it’s the fastest selling premiere in the Festival’s history! A second screening has been scheduled for 12pm, Sunday 25 October at Palace Nova, Adelaide. Tickets can be purchased online at adelaidefilmfestival.org.