In suburban Melbourne in the 1950s, amidst the Red Scare and a rabbit plague, Celia (Rebecca Smart) is a troubled nine-year-old caught up in these events, as well as family crises, and whose response to them eventually leads to tragic consequences.
Rebecca Smart as Celia Carmichael
Nicholas Eadie as Ray Carmichael
Victoria Longley as Alice Tanner
Mary-Anne Fahey as Pat Carmichael
Margaret Ricketts as Grandmother
Alexander Hutchinson as Steve Tanner
Adrian Mitchell as Karl Tanner
Callie Gray as Meryl Tanner
Martin Sharman as Evan Tanner
Clair Couttie as Heather Goldman
Alex Menglet as Mr. Goldman
Amelia Frid as Stephanie Burke
William Zappa as Inspector John Burke
Feon Keane as Soapy Burke
Louise Le Nay as Debbie Burke
Ann Turner was a graduate of Swinburne who had worked at Film Victoria and the Australian Film Commission as a consultant. She was inspired to write the film by an article in the paper about the Bolte government's rabbit muster in the 1950s.
The script was written in 1984 when it won the AWGIE for Best Unproduced Screenplay.
Celia grossed $23,336 and ¥ 32,255 at the box office in Australia and Japan.
Turner won the Grand Prix award at the 1989 Créteil International Women's Film Festival and for her part as Alice Tanner, Victoria Longley won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award from the Australian Film Institute.
To date, the film has been released on DVD in Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. More recently it was released on video in the United States and Canada by Scorpion Releasing under their sub-label Katarina's Nightmare Theatre.