The production imports Henry Thomas who was then riding on the success of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Henry Thomas is good, especially when placed up against Australias quintessential working class man Tony Barry. Initially, Thomass stranger in a strange land role is used as an effective mirror into the strangeness of the Australian outback world alas, in having the story later require him to know as much as the locals do, the effect of this is quickly negated. The character could easily and more convincingly have been played by a local and seems to have been bent out of shape in order to incorporate an American face for international marquee value.
Nevertheless, the aspect of the Aboriginal Dreamtime is well conveyed and there is the sense of the films greater delving into proto-myth. Although the final revelation of the merely mundane European origins of the Donkejin seem to contradict the films attempts to root itself in native myth. The Australian landscape is very nicely photographed and Frog Dreaming works pleasingly well.
Frog Dreaming was directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith, a genre regular who had emerged through various action movies in the 1970s Ozploitation heyday. In genre material, Trenchard-Smith previously directed the terrible future prison film Turkey Shoot (1983), the quite good future satire Dead-End Drive-In (1986) and later went to the USA to make a host of bad films Night of the Demons 2 (1994), Leprechaun 3 (1995), Leprechaun 4: Leprechaun in Space (1996), the Christian End of the World film Megiddo (2001), Tyrannosaurus Azteca (2007), the environmental catastrophe film Arctic Blast (2010) and various tv movies including the alien abduction film Official Denial (1994), the meteor collision film Doomsday Rock (1997), Atomic Dog (1998) about a mutant dog, the haunted house film Sightings: Heartland Ghost (2002) and the plague film The Paradise Virus (2003). Trenchard-Smith has also produced the monster movie Blood Tide (1982), Demonstone (1990), Malibu Shark Attack (2009) and the remake of Turkey Shoot (2014) Frog Dreaming is one of Brian Trenchard-Smiths few worthwhile efforts. One can also note former Doctor Who (1963-89) girl Katy Manning in a small part as the mother of the two girls.
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