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Australia, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Special Events)

Director: P.J. Hogan


The Moochmore girls are certain they all suffer from some kind of undiagnosed mental illness - because if they're not crazy then they're just unpopular.

Their mother, Shirley - unable to cope with her demanding daughters and unsupported by her philandering politician husband, Barry - suffers a nervous breakdown. After Barry commits his wife to a mental hospital (telling his constituents that “she's on holiday”) he finds himself alone with five teenage girls he barely knows. Desperate, he impulsively picks up a hitchhiker named Shaz and installs her in his home as nanny to his daughters.

Reuniting Director P.J. Hogan and Toni Collette (as Shaz) for the first time since Muriel's Wedding, Mental stars an incredible ensemble cast including Anthony LaPaglia, Rebecca Gibney, Liev Schreiber, Kerry Fox, Caroline Goodall, Sam Clark and Deborah Mailman.

Rated MA15

D/S P.J. Hogan P Todd Fellman, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Janet Zucker, Jerry Zucker Dist Universal Pictures TD DCP/2012

See also...

Mad, Bad & Shaz: P.J. Hogan and Jocelyn Moorhouse in Conversation

From Queensland to Cannes, P.J. Hogan shot onto the world stage with a reputation as one of Australia's most fascinating filmmakers with Muriel's Wedding, continuing with large-scale comic crowdpleas… More »

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