Trent Dalton’s coming of age novel ‘Boy Swallows Universe’ has been adapted by Netflix into a 7-part series that will have you moving through emotions as each episode handles thought provoking moments through the lens of a child.
Set amid the small-time heroin trade in 1980s Brisbane, which leads to their mother’s imprisonment, the story follows young boy Eli Bell portrayed brilliantly by Felix Cameron and his mute brother Gus skilfully portrayed by Lee Hailey as they come to terms with the harsh realities of life and that not everything can be so black and white.
In the series, actors Phoebe Tonkin and Simon Baker play Eli’s parents Frances and Robert, bringing with them an emotionally stirring, haunting and grounded look into substance abuse that will linger in your minds long after leaving your screen. Along with them is Travis Fimmel as step-father Lyle and Bryan Brown as real-life criminal Slim Halliday both artfully drawing you into the story every time they appear.
Check out the trailer below: