The Devil's Playground (1976) (Sunburnt Screens #14) Blu-Ray

Umbrella EntertainmentSKU: DAVID4535
Sale price $29.95 AUD
Release Date: Dec 2021

  • Featurette with director Fred Schepisi and key cast and crew
  • Interview with Fred Schepisi
  • Audio Commentary with Fred Schepisi
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc type: Blu-ray
No. of discs: 1
Running time: 99
Audio format: 2.0 DTS-HD MA
Format: 1080P
Colour: Colour
Languages: English
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Image ratio: 1.77.1
Subtitles: English
Year of Production: 1976
Release Date: 08 December 2021


The Australian drama Devil's Playground (1976) comes to life on Blu-ray – written, produced and directed by Fred Schepisi.

Internationally renowned filmmaker Fred Schepisi's celebrated first feature is a lushly photographed period drama detailing a young boy's coming-of-age in a strict Catholic seminary in 1950s Victoria.

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, likeable 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 - through 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.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Cast: Charles McCallum, John Frawley, Arthur Dignam

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