Devil's Playground, The
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.
This Australian film classic cemented the rise of director Fred Schepisi (The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith) when it won six AFI awards including Best Film and Best Director, and made a breakthrough screening at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976.
Audio Commentary with Fred Schepisi
Featurette with Director Fred Schepisi and Key Cast & Crew
Interview with Fred Schepisi
|Actors||Arthur Dignam, Simon Burke, Peter Cox, John Frawley, Gerry Duggan|
|Film Genre||Australian Cinema|
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Year of Release||1976|
|Primary Format - Movies/TV||DVD|