Developed with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission's IndiVision project, Sandra Sciberras' second feature is a beautifully shot and brilliantly performed drama, and, like several recent Australasian titles, features a standout performance by a young actress in the lead role.
Thaine is excellent, at times cheerfully upbeat and at others frustrated, angry, hurt and disappointed. Her skill in displaying the conflicting emotions Emily experiences is matched by that of the adult stars who surround her - Susie Porter, Philip Quast, Robert Mammone and Wendy Hughes are all excellent. Porter shines in a difficult role that is not immediately appealing, and yet is always understandable - she never crosses the line to melodrama. Quast, in a role destined to forever remove the taint of 17 years on 'Play School', plays the personification of the sleepy coastal town's underbelly of evil with relish, turning the local cop into an image of loathing, pity and despair.