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Disclaimer
Let me tell you upfront that this section of the website is probably the least complete section and perhaps not at all useful to you (depending on what brought you here). See, I'm going to talk about a film I've never seen, and am not able to go see (at least not for the foreseeable future).

Still, everything you read here, is based on facts; taken from the ACMI database, actors' Wikipedia- or IMDb profiles and
my interview with Jocelyn Moorhouse. The only place where I speculate is who played Douglas in the film; but I think I'm right about that.

The film didn't see a commercial release and is currently not available on home media. And this poses a problem: I can't show you anything. No stills, no clips; nothing. I simply don't have access to it, as it's only available to students of AFTRS or members of ACMI, neither of which I am, or paying at least $100 to view the film on premise at one of the venues of the NFSA (which means flying to Australia
*, and I'd still not be allowed to take clips or stills home with me) or several hundred dollars for a copy of the film supplied on DVD (provided one has written approval from Jocelyn Moorhouse).

The only thing I could do, is
tell you about it. So, let's see what I can make of it, shall we?


The film
Jocelyn Moorhouse made the short film in 1986 shortly after finishing her education as film maker at the
Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

The Australian Film Commission, a funding body for film, was asking for submissions for short films for children. Jocelyn wrote and sent in the script for her short film, and she recieved a grant to film it.


The film is called
The Siege of Barton's Bathroom, and she directed the film herself. The script to the television series episode of the same name is "pretty much the same" (Jocelyn's words) as that of the film, bar having a lot more characters, and the ACMI's synopsis does indeed read like that of the television series first episode:




Elly Barton lives in a barren suburban housing estate where there is only one tree left standing. Now the neighbours want to cut it down, but what no-one seems to understand is that it is Elly's tree - and she is not going to let anybody touch it.
ACMI's synopsis of the film


ACMI also lists that the running time is 17 minutes and the film was shot on 16 mm colour film. Yes… when you're short on information you grasp to every last bit you can get :)

In the interview, Jocelyn mentions that Elly's brothers were named after the people she lived with in a shared house at the time:
Anthony, Douglas and Paul (who we know better as PJ, Jocelyn's future husband and writer of two of the television series' episodes).

It's possible Anthony and Douglas were portrayed by
Rhys Atchinson, Cameron Scott or Scott Bartle, as those people were mentioned in the acknowledgements in the C/o The Bartons book when Jocelyn talks about the film. As Scott Bartle was five years old in 1986, it's likely he portrayed Douglas. It's unclear who portrayed Anthony though.

The following we know for certain, as this cast listing was confirmed by Jocelyn herself in said interview:


Elly Barton
Rebekah Elmalouglou

Paul Barton
Brendan Cowell

Robert Barton
Frankie J. Holden

Clare Barton
Claire Crowther

Mr Jensen
Max Phipps

Brendan Cowell
Brendan Cowell at the "Save Your Legs" movie premiere in Sydney, Australia in 2013.

Photographer: Eva Rinaldi
License: CC BY-SA 2.0
and "citaatrecht"

Rebakah Elmalouglou
Rebekah Elmaloglou in a 2019 episode of "Neighbours"

Source: Wikipedia
under WP:NCFI disclosure
and "citaatrecht"




What's interesting to note here, is that Brendan Cowell is two years younger than Rebekah Elmaloglou; Brendan was aged ten in 1986, while Rebekah was twelve. If I assume the actor's age is representative of the character's age, this means Paul is Elly's younger brother unlike in the television series and the book.

Now what?
This is it. I know nothing more about the film. Until I see it for myself, this is all I can say about it.

Stay tuned for an update!


*not that I'd mind that! But for now that's simply out of the question.
 

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