The Devil's Playground (DVD)
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The Devil’s Playground (DVD)

Schepisi Fred, Nick Tate, Simon Burke, Charles McCallum, John Frawley

Written, produced and directed by Fred Schepisi, this lushly photographed, semiautobiographical tale is set in a strict Roman Catholic seminary in Australia in 1953 and follows 13-year-old Tom Allen (Simon Burke), a serious, likable boy who thinks he has “a calling” for the church but feels guilty about his masturbation and sinful thoughts.

Apart from Brother Francine (Arthur Dignam), an ascetic who prowls the school’s corridors looking for evidence of “the undisciplined mind”, most brothers of the seminary (including Nick Tate), are decent men who object to the discipline that scars the hearts and minds of the students.

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