Fred Schepisi's film, 'The Devil's Playground' is an intimate
portrait of Tom, a thirteen-year-old struggling in spirit and body
with the constraints of living in a Catholic seminary. It is also
the story of the Brothers and how they cope with the demands of
their faith. Made in 1976, this semi-autobiographical films
established Schepisi as one of Australia's most talented directors
and was one of the first Australian films to be selected for
Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Christos Tsiolkas
invites you into his twenty-five year journey of viewing, reviewing
and re-imaging the film. He remembers his first illicit experience
of the film at the age of thirteen and describes how his views of
it changed in later years. As he chronicles the impact of 'The
Devil's Playground' on the development of his sense of self and of
his love of cinema, he also explores the film in terms of
sexuality, politics, history and aesthetics. Tsiolkas' account of
what 'The Devil's Playground' said and didn't say to him is a
passionate tribute to the power and possibilities of cinema.
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