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DIRECTED BY Stuart McDonald

Country: Australia
Language: English

Running Time: 93min
Film Year: 2015
Category: MIFFecito

Having long dedicated all her time to the Middle Island Sanctuary for Little Penguins, single mom Emily is devastated to discover that the sanctuary will lose its funding because the penguin population, having fallen prey to the region’s foxes, has decreased beyond the minimum mandatory levels. Emily’s dad Swampy Marsh, an eccentric chicken farmer, is seen by his neighbors as bad news, but he might have the solution to Emily’s problems right in his backyard.

Together with Emily’s daughter Olivia, they train Oddball, Swampy’s dog, to protect the penguins and save the sanctuary. All of this must be kept secret from Emily and the entire town, since the notoriously mischievous Oddball is forbidden to leave Swampy’s land. But all their good intentions could go to waste, as an unknown enemy attempts to sabotage their efforts.

Based on a true story and shot entirely on location in Australia, Oddball is fun and thoughtful. It radiates a sweet charm that snags your heart from the get-go, while its absorbing story emphasizes the importance of environmental preservation. – Eloisa Lopez-Gomez


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Director: Stuart McDonald
Producer: Richard Keddie, Sheila Hanahan Taylor and Steve Kearney
Screenwriter: Peter Ivan

Music: Cezary Skubiszewski
Cinematographer: Damian Wyvill
Editor: Cindy Clarkson, Marcus D'Arcy, Max Miller

Cast: Shane Jacobson, Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk, Coco Jack Gillies, RIchard Davies, Deborah Mailman

Stuart McDonald

Stuart McDonald is a prolific Australian director whose work in television spans over two decades. He has directed the mid-length film Stranded (2006) and the feature Oddball (2015).