The Devil's Playground was released in 1976 and had for its director Fred Schepisi.

The film, set in the 1950s, concentrates on the young boys in a community struck with religionism. The boys are in their mid-teens and developing natural feelings for girls, but are held back by the narrow-minded, God-fearing society around them.

This is a film about how to expand your view of the world and not only do as society, and in this case strict religion, suggests.

Gerda has yet another small role, as Mrs. Allen, in The Devil's Playground, but as usual she makes the most of her character.

Gerda as Mrs. Allen in The Devil's Playground.
 
A smiling Gerda.