Tales from home

Monumental Pictures

Jasper Jones is in cinemas around Australia now.

It’s the days after Christmas in 1969 in a small town in Western Australia. There’s a feeling in the air that anyone who’s experienced the dying days of the year in Australia, particularly as a child, knows well – that delicate week before the old is shed for the new, where the world goes into a post-Christmas slumber and everything feels for the taking. The world is silenced by the scorching heat, completely oblivious to the outside world.

Such is the reality for 13-year-old Charlie Bucktin (Levi Miller), a bookish kid who’s neither on the ins or outs of his town, just a quiet observer to what’s going on around him. Mark Twain and Truman Capote novels sit above his bed, tales of lives, and of people, observing things much darker, more adventurous, bigger than he could ever think. It all seems…

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