From the acclaimed director of The Impossible and The Orphanage, J.A. Bayona, A MONSTER CALLS is a visually spectacular and stunningly emotional drama based on the award-winning novel and adapted for the screen by the book’s author, Patrick Ness.
Newcomer Lewis MacDougall stars as 12-year-old Conor O’Malley, who is about to escape into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales. He is dealing with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness, which has necessitated Conor’s spending time with his less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His daily existence at his U.K. school is one of academic disinterest and bullying by classmates. As Conor’s father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away in the U.S., the boy yearns for guidance.
He unexpectedly summons a most unlikely ally, who bursts forth with terrifying grandeur from an ancient towering yew tree and the powerful earth below it: a 40-foot-high colossus of a creature (portrayed in performance-capture and voiceover by Liam Neeson) who appears at Conor’s bedroom window at 12:07 one night – and at that time on nights thereafter. The Monster has stories to tell, and he insists that Conor hear them and powerfully visualize them. Conor’s fear gives way to feistiness and then to looking within; for, The Monster demands that once the tales are told it will be time for Conor to tell his own story in return. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth.
With breathtaking special effects, this beautifully crafted film transports us with stories of courage, loss and hope, blending fantasy and reality in a bold and innovative way.
Let your imagination run wild at our opening night celebration of A MONSTER CALLS at Luna on SX on Thursday, July 27, proudly supported by Paper Bird Children's Books & Arts. Join us from 6pm for an ink drawing demonstration by local artist Jane Barwell, from Inkling Art Space. Then settle into your seat for a special reading from Patrick Ness's award-winning novel by Fremantle storyteller and historian Mike Lefroy. Mike will set the mood perfectly for acclaimed director J.A Bayona's visually spectacular and stunningly emotional drama, adapted for the screen by Ness. Copies of the book will also be available to purchase after the screening through Paper Bird Children's Books & Arts.
"A towering cinematic triumph." JOBLO.COM
"Unforgettable masterpiece." NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
"Filmmaking with heart, flair and imagination. A touch of magic in the night." THE WRAP
"Beautiful, moving and incredibly powerful." TOTAL FILM
"A brilliant coming of age drama that tackles an adolescent dealing with loss in a way not this well devised since "Bridge to Terabithia." CINEMA SIGHT
"Newcomer Lewis MacDougall is astonishing." NERDIST
"A masterpiece. Breathtakingly beautiful." CINEMA BLEND
"Striking and innovative. This dark fable is an unforgettable experience." DEN OF GEEK