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Luke Doolan
Karl Beattie
Running Time
18 Mins.

 "Miracle Fish" Review 
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It's 8-year-old Joe's (Karl Beattie) birthday. His schoolmates taunt him for his lack of birthday presents, and the insecure young boy resigns to the school's sick bay where he falls asleep dreaming of an empty school and a world where he isn't teased. When Joe awakens, he awakens seemingly to his heart's desire as the school is darkened and empty and has apparently become his playground.

Before long, it becomes clear that something else may be going on and young Joe comes face-to-face with a young man who is both frightening yet strangely familiar to the young boy.

Aussie writer/director Luke Doolan's "Miracle Fish" is a surprisingly little film that quietly examines the ways in which the words we use and the actions we take can impact our everyday lives. Simultaneously magical and haunting, "Miracle Fish" is a film that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its final moments.

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