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J.C.: The Jewellery-Case
(1984, 10 mins, Super-8, color, sound on film)

Written by Bill Mousoulis and Mary Mousoulis

Featuring: George Goularas, Jerry Goularas, Mary Mousoulis.

Genre: narrative drama / parody

Available on DVD for purchase as part of

The Films of Bill Mousoulis
Vol 2 1983 - 84

or as part of Super Dreams


Synopsis: A teenager living in suburbia finds a jewellery-case and it changes his life. A tribute to Spielberg and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

Extended synopsis: A jewellery-box literally jumps in front of a teenage boy's path. Perplexed, he gives it to his brother who is mysteriously attracted to the box. After awhile, it dawns on him that he has an obligation to the box, and he follows it through, accompanied by John Williams' orchestral music.

Screenings: 18, including: 5th Sydney Super-8 Film Festival, Nov 1984; Fringe Film and Video Festival, Sep 1984; Fringe Open Screening, Mar 1984; also on tour through American cities, Feb 1986 (four screenings, including at the Montreal International Super-8 Film Festival).

"I've noticed the way in which films that play on parody or farce get the strongest response from the audience and I find it somewhat alarming since it means that those films that aren't farcical or parodic, those films whose irony is very subtle or ambiguous, an irony in the tone of whimsey, are often condemned to a John Waters like element of farce, and I'm particularly thinking of those two extraordinary films by Bill Mousoulis, Dreams Never End and J.C.: The Jewellery-Case."     
                               - Ted Colless, paper at Syd. S-8 Festival, Nov 1984.

"A strange film in its ideas, but competently put together and filmed."
                              - Sarah Johnson, Super Eight, Sep 1986.

- in Top Ten Super-8 Films of 1986 (sic), Matthew Rees, Super-8 Yearbook, Feb 1987.