Monkey Beach fuses the supernatural with realism, humour and family drama to tell a story about an unforgettable girl, Lisa Hill. Lisa is an emerging archetype in cinema and literature - the noble girl. We’ve seen the noble girl as Paikea in Whale Rider, Hermione in Harry Potter and Katniss in The Hunger Games – she is Sarah Manning in Orphan Black or most of the women characters in Dr. Who. In Monkey Beach, Lisa is on an epic journey to find her brother, missing at sea, and to make sense of her life. Lisa Hill has been seeing strange characters since childhood, especially ghosts and Sasquatches.
“Lisa has the dreamer's gift. She sees things in double exposure; the spirit world is ever present in shapes and sounds that overlay the real word. A little man with red hair-the spirit of the huge cedar trees that hug the mountains of the central B.C. cast-is Lisa's primary spirit guide. He warns her of dangers to come. Her struggle is to learn to accept such knowledge and her own gifts.
Still, Lisa is no puritanical seeker. She is a warrior, a "little monster," a tomboy, a maker of fire and a fisher, who becomes a party girl. She is a young woman coping with the loss of people who have given her love and guidance. The physical search for her brother becomes a painful (and often humorous) journey into memory and self-knowledge. Both Robinson and Lisa have the gift of flying between worlds.” By Jillian Ridington & Karolle Wall (from herizons - http://www.herizons.ca/node/129)
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