The Black Balloon

The Black Balloon

  • Director: Elissa Down
  • Writer: Elissa Down,Jimmy The Exploder
  • Countries of origin: Australia
  • Language: English
  • Release date: March 6, 2008
  • Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
  • Sound mix: Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35 : 1
  • Also known as: Чeрный шар
  • The Black Balloon is a 2008 drama film directed by Alyssa Dawn and starring Rhys Wakefield and Gemma Ward .
    The film tells the story of the Thomas family of four who moved to a small town in Commonwealth of Australia .


    • Release date March 6, 2008
    • Filming locations Bardia Parade, Holsworthy, New South Wales, Australia
    • Production companies Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC), Black Balloon Productions, Icon Entertainment International

    Box office


    A$5,000,000 (estimated)

    Gross worldwide


    Movie reviews

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    • By Jany 2022-12-07 03:50:27

      There is a kind of love called love

      This is the biggest difference between family and friends.

      Family, always want you to be better, better, better again. It's not because you don't accept it, but because your family is the one who knows your details best, and they don't need to repeat the elements that make you up over and over again. The family will rebuke without hesitation and criticize without any room, but never give up and support silently in the dark.

      Friends, but they are opposed to family members....

    • By Marlin 2022-11-22 17:01:28

      I thought, if I had such a

      Brother, how should I face it, and how will my parents face it. I just want to say to this silly brother, you are happy, and such a family really did not treat you wrong. If it were placed in China, in a rural area, in a poor and poor family, can you imagine your fate? As for the male protagonist, I stand by it, but I am really unwilling to let you become the female protagonist so easily. You have gone too well. It is considered that you have really met the right person. In love , you are...

    • By Richard 2022-11-15 05:45:26

      Black Balloons - Australia's Ocean Paradise

         When it comes to balloons, colorful things come to mind. The name of "Black Balloon" is a bit gloomy, but it has such a warm plot. After watching it for a while, I understood the meaning. It turned out to be an Australian story of "Ocean Paradise". Think of Jet Li in "Ocean Paradise", it is said that the film is a transformation of him. I got used to his unrestrained manner in the world of martial arts, the worry and exhaustion in such a father-son relationship. Although he was a...

    • By Dante 2022-11-12 12:54:06

      It's responsibility, it's love

      I watched this movie by accident when I was bored. I

      saw the poster on PPTV and thought it was a movie about love. From the beginning to the


      , there was no thrilling plot. Some were just trivial scenes of life.

      Thomas always thought that his brother It's his burden, very humiliating,

      but in front of outsiders, he is trying his best to defend Charlie.

      When he saw Charlie follow Thomas to the school

      , Thomas' classmates...

    • By Hilton 2022-11-11 14:59:57

      the same flying

      It's not a special thing for a supermodel to act in a movie, but to act in a small-scale Australian literary film, the Australian girl supermodel GEMMA WARD did something different. The film won the "Crystal Bear" award, the highest honor in the teenage film category at the 58th Berlin Film Festival. GEMMA's performance on the red carpet is still so professional.
      GEMMA is the only light in this noisy film about the family of an autistic child. Most of the time, the male...

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    • By Pearl 2023-01-27 09:58:42

      I have a lot of hobbies and I like the ending. There are also funny little...

    • By Hayley 2022-12-27 18:44:25

      Very moving. Never thought what would happen if I had a mentally retarded brother like Thomas. And in fact each of us is Thomas and will have our own unspeakable pain, at first, we will expect a When I wake up, everything has changed for the better, and I slowly realize that this is impossible, so I learn to overcome myself, accept the facts, and face every challenge in life with a smile. ps, the film feels fresh and comfortable, gemma is beautiful and...

    • By Lottie 2022-12-18 21:53:00

      Gemma Ward is so beautiful, that idiot brother is so...

    • By Alysha 2022-11-21 15:35:46

      Australia; family affection; youth; because of those "fetters" and "burdens" imposed on me, shouldn't I get my normal life; I am human and I need to be loved just like everybody else...

    • By Emmanuel 2022-11-10 02:55:26

      The title "Black Balloon" refers to a story about self-confidence: as the group of white children who flew the hydrogen balloons went away, a black boy came to the corner of the park. He timidly asked the old man if he could sell a balloon. For him, I want a black one. He loosened his little hand, and the black balloon rose slowly in the breeze. The dance at the end of the film is also very good, and Thomas has a reason to go to the...

    Movie plot

    The Thomas family of four moved to a small town in Commonwealth of Australia. His father was a local garrison officer, his mother was pregnant, and the biggest headache for Thomas was that he had a silly older brother. Due to the move, Thomas also came to the new school and learned to swim as a lifeguard . Here, he met the beautiful female classmate Maggie. Although Mei Qi grew up in a single-parent family, she was cheerful by nature....
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    Movie quotes

    • Thomas Mollison: Dad, do you ever wish Charlie was normal?

      Simon Mollison: All I know is he's my own, and you're weak as piss if you don't look after your own.

    • Jackie Masters: Close your eyes, what do you see?

      Thomas Mollison: Black.

      Jackie Masters: Look harder.

    • Russell: [sitting next to Thomas, who does not have autism but has been forced to get a ride to his school by riding in the special-education school bus with his brother Charlie who has autism; Russell has autism and is Charlie's friend] Are you riding the bus? Are you coming to our school?

      Thomas Mollison: No, no!

      Russell: Oh, yes you are! Thomas is coming to our school! Thomas is riding the bus with Charlie! Thomas is riding the bus with Russell! Do you like buses, Thomas? Do you like buses?

      Thomas Mollison: [says nothing, but scowls and frowns with discomfort]

      Russell: [loudly, with the semi-musical inflection of reciting a nursery rhyme] Thomas doesn't like buses! Thomas doesn't like buses!