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Dreamland

DreamlandLiving on a trailer park in the middle
  of the desert isn
t easy — especially if
  your mum
s dead, your father is an
  agoraphobic beer drinker, your best
  friend is really ill and you
ve been
  offered a place at college but you don
t
  think they
d cope without you.
  You forget your ambitions and stifle
  your dreams
even if your trailer park
  is called Dreamland...


CARING, DEPENDABLE AUDREY (Agnes Bruckner: Haven, Murder By Numbers, Blood and Chocolate) lives at the Dreamland trailer park, works at the local shop and casually dates colleague Abraham (Brian Klugman).

Having long held an ambition of going to college and becoming a writer, the selfless Audrey chooses instead to stay with the people she loves most and who rely upon her — her needy best friend Calista (Kelli Garner: Lars And The Real Girl, Thumbsucker, The Aviator), who dreams of being a beauty queen but was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis two years before, and Audrey's demanding agoraphobic, depressive, beer-drinking father Henry (John Corbett: Sex And The City), who lives on his memories.

At night, Audrey indulges herself in the creation of the beautiful poetry and prose that is her passion. She hides her frustrations and lives her life for Henry and Calista; whiling away the long hot summer after her graduation with her beautiful friend who imagines being married to a Brazilian football star and finding crazy herbal remedies for MS.

But when the attractive, basketball-playing Mookie (Justin Long: Herbie Fully Loaded, Die hard 4.0, Dodgeball) moves in to Dreamland with his father Herb (Chris Mulkey) and soon-to-be stepmother Dreamer (Luce Reins), he encourages Audrey's talents and she begins to find it impossible to continue to be the dependable, selfless person that Henry and Calista so rely upon. And they both have to find the strength to let her go.

Director Jason Matzner's debut feature Dreamland is an award-winning, compelling and evocative coming-of-age drama that stars fresh up-and-coming talents Agnes Bruckner and Kelli Garner — who reminds me rather of a young Hayley Mills. Bruckner and Garner shine like the stars they promise to be.

Beautifully shot, capturing Dreamland's wide open spaces and azure skies, this is a tender and deeply felt indie drama — a poignant and irresistible story about people who have to face difficult times and with a message that sometimes you have to let go before you can move on. And that sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places.

The film also features Gina Gershon as Mary and Olive Bureker as Aunt Sadie. The beautiful, atmospheric music is by Anthony Marinelli; Director of Photography is Jonathan Sela; Dreamland is written by Tom Willett and Directed by Jason Matzner.

Dreamland is now available on DVD (release date 30 June, 2008), courtesy of DNC Entertainment. Catalogue No: DNC1014 | RRP: 15.99 | Certificate 12 | Running Time: 87 minutes.

"Intoxicating, woozily romantic" — Variety

"Sexy" — Screen International

"Two sexy lead performances from emerging young stars Agnes Bruckner and Kelli Garner" — Screen Daily

"Dreamland a poignant and irresistible story about people who have to face difficult times and with a message that sometimes you have to let go before you can move on. And that sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places" — MotorBar