Rating: M 105â€™ mature themes and coarse language
Cast: Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Aaron McGrath, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie, Matt Nable
Director: Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae)
Writer: Shaun Grant and Craig Silvey
Adapted from Craig Silvey's bestselling Australian novel JASPER JONES is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in Western Australia.
In the dead of night during the scorching summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window. Jasper leads him deep into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community.
In an isolated town where secrecy, gossip and tragedy overwhelm the landscape, Charlie faces family breakdown, finds his first love, and discovers what it means be truly courageous.
Miller beautifully portrays the uncertainties and sensitivities of a young small-town teenager, while Rice radiates youth and grace." David Stratton the Age
"Perkins, finding the sweet spot between childish goofiness and adult drama, keeps things fleet, funny, and just the right side of suspenseful; tonally, the film is a match for any Spielbergian 80s coming-of-age classic." Guardian
"...almost effortlessly swings between the summer fuelled frivolity of youth and the oppression of adulthood." FilmInk Australia