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Synopsis

Adapted from Craig Silvey’s best-selling Australian novel and featuring a stellar cast including Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie and Aaron McGrath, 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

Photo credit David Dare Parker

Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Noongar Bibbulman & Noongar Whadjuk peoples

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Production Information

Based On the Novel by

Craig Silvey

Director

Rachel Perkins

Producers

Vincent Sheehan

David Jowsey

Co-Producer

Colin McCumstie

Line Producer

Louisa Kors

Executive Producers

Rebecca O’Brien

Paul Wiegard

Craig Deeker

Liz Watts

Anita Sheehan

Greer Simpkin

Distributor

Madman Entertainment Pty Ltd (ANZ)

Sales

Mongrel Media (INT)

Key Cast

Levi Miller

Aaron McGrath

Angourie Rice

Toni Colette

Hugo Weaving

Matt Nable

Kevin Long

Nandalie Campbell Killick

Dan Wylie

Wilson Moore

Director of Photography

Mark Wareham

1st Assistant Director

Mark Boskell

Production Designer

Herbert Pinter

Costume Designer

Margot Wilson

Sound Designer

Liam Egan

Editor

Veronika Jenet

Key Locations

Pemberton

Composer

Antony Partos

Makeup and Hair Designer

Viv Mepham

A Bildungsroman

Jasper Jones resonates with that moment of impact

The brutal collision where the romantic myths we conceive of in childhood collide with the ugly truth of adulthood. That moment where the bubble bursts as a child and you’re suddenly confronted with the real truth of things. What we choose to do in that moment can in many ways define who we become as an adult.

Photo credit David Dare Parker ©Bucktin Productions Pty Ltd
Levi Miller (CHARLIE BUCKTIN)
Photo credit David Dare Parker ©Bucktin Productions Pty Ltd
Angourie Rice (ELIZA WISHART); Aaron McGrath (JASPER JONES); Levi Miller (CHARLIE BUCKTIN)

Shooting in Pemberton

Choosing Pemberton to portray the fictional town of Corrigan was an easy choice for the filmmakers.

The town was built at the peak of the timber industry in the south-west region of Western Australia. The area is lush and green and although different to the hot desert town described in Silvey’s novel, offered the perfect package – an authentic period setting and warm and generous spirit from the locals.

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