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Year: 1993

Classification: PG

Runtime: 90 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Tracey Moffatt

Produced By: Anthony Buckley, Carol Hughes

Language: English

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Three tales of the supernatural from Indigenous visual artist, Tracey Moffatt, combined in one extraordinary feature film, rich in virtuosic design, drama and movement.

BEDEVIL is an innovative rendering of three childhood mysteries from the imagination of filmmaker, visual artist and photographer Tracey Moffatt. Moffatt's breathtaking style - drawing on influences as diverse as Vincente Minelli and Masaki Kobayashi - makes BEDEVIL one of the most dazzling feature debuts in Australian cinema.

BEDEVIL consists of three episodes making up the feature, they are:

The sandy shores and the breezy bungalows of Bribie Island play host to a strange and eerie story. Years back an American GI drove his truck into the quicksand after a party. The pervasive malevolence of the GI's presence is still felt by many who live on the island. However, there is another underlying evil that remains unspoken. Rick experienced it and lived to tell the tale.

In the desolate plains of outback Queensland, Ruby (played by Moffatt herself) and her family are haunted by invisible trains which run on a track beside their house. The ghost of a young girl killed by a train drives Ruby and her family away. After many years Ruby returns to experience the ghostly presence yet again.

Imelda's people are Torres Strait Islanders. When her son Bebe and his love, Minnie, leave their community to escape opposition to their marriage, Imelda follows them to a small town in north Queensland. Tragedy strikes - Bebe and Minnie die, but the doomed couple never find peace. The spirits of Minnie and Bebe dance on a condemned warehouse and refuse to leave.


"A dazzling tapestry ... distinctly different ... outstanding." - David Stratton, Variety.

"BEDEVIL captures the allusive quality of parochial, local, familial ghost stories, the sort of stories that are passed down through generations, that are repeated and embroidered upon so that eventually they are woven into quotidian discourse and a passing reference can evoke a complex texture of ghostliness." - Lesley Stern, Photofile

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION! Un Certain Regard, 1993 Cannes Film Festival


Follow this link to view the trailer of BEDEVIL:


See "Carl Vine's Score in beDevil", a chapter by Catherine Summerhayes and Roger Hillman in the book REEL TRACKS, Australian Feature Film Music and Cultural identities, edited by Rebecca Coyle (John Libby Publishing, UK, 2005).


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