Greta Driscoll (Bethany Whitmore) is an unassuming teenager stuck in a bubble of obscure loserdom who doesn't quite fit in with her eccentric family. Faced with the looming prospect of her 15th birthday and the thought of growing up, she is having trouble leaving her childhood behind. This is made worse when she finds out that her parents have planned a surprise party, and invited her entire school to attend.
Now flung into the middle of all this chaos, and with nowhere to turn, Greta finds herself in a strange, slightly frightening world that doesn't quite make sense. The only way she can find herself and maintain her identity is to embrace the absurdity of this world and take a journey through her fears and confusion about growing up.
Written by Matthew Whittet (THE GREAT GATSBY) this Australian coming-of-age comedy is a light-hearted look at life and the necessity of leaving parts of us behind.
Short Screening Before Feature: CLUMSY LITTLE ACTS OF TENDERNESS (PIENIÄ KÖMPELÖITÄ HELLYYDENOSOITUKSIA)
PARENT PREVIEWS' REVIEW
Parent’s Guide: This coming-of-age story depicts teen challenges in both a real world and fantasy setting. Out of touch parents, school bullies and sexual curiosity, along with crude slang and sexual expletives are part of the portrayal.
Content Information for GIRL ASLEEP
Sexual Content: C+
Alcohol / Drug Use: C-
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- Adelaide International Film Festival, Audience Award; Seattle International Film Festival, Futurewave Award (or Young Jury award); Seattle International Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize Best Feature Film
- Berlin International Film Festival, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival
- Rosemary Myers
- Jo Dyer
- Matthew Whittet
- Andrew Commis
- Karryn De Cinque
- Harry Covill
- Bethany Whitmore, Harrison Feldman, Matthew Whittet, Amber McMahon, Eamon Farren, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Imogen Archer, Maiah Stewardson