Charlie Mollison

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Charlie Mollison
Portrayed byLuke Ford
Appears inThe Black Balloon

Charlie Mollison is a character in the Australian comedy-drama The Black Balloon (2008).

Character creation[edit]

Director and co-writer Elissa Down has three brothers, two of whom are autistic. The character Charlie is largely based on her youngest brother Sean, who also has ADHD.[1] Many incidents featured in the film are adaptations of real events. The writers also talked with Down's family members to get their perspectives.[2] Actor Luke Ford met up with Sean in preparation for the role.[3]


Charlie's father states that Charlie is autistic and has ADD. He is non-speaking, and the family uses Makaton to communicate.


The movie has been well received by the general public, with a 84% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.[4]