As her 15th birthday approaches, Greta (Bethany Whitmore – Mental, Summer Coda) is reluctant to leave her childhood behind.
Betraying its stage origins, Girl Asleep struggles to adapt to the big screen. A mix of realism and surrealism, Where the Wild Things Are and Alice in Wonderland, the imaginative Australian indie film struggles to find cohesion. Shot in 4:3 ratio to reflect the daggy 70s setting, Girl Asleep is littered with contrived characters that fail to move the narrative forward in a convincing way.
As little as Girl Asleep did for me, it collected Best Australian Feature Film at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival.