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5 items from 2004


'Somersault' tops AFI nods

29 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- There were no surprises at this year's Australian Film Institute Awards as Somersault cleaned up, taking home a record 13 nods from 15 nominations in an otherwise threadbare year. Now in their 46th year, the AFI Awards are Australia's longest-running and most prestigious awards and were set to be handed out in Melbourne tonight. Somersault, Cate Shortland's acclaimed coming-of-age drama about a girl trying to find her way to love through sex, won best film over Tom White, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories and Love's Brother. Somersault also picked up best original screenplay and direction for auteur Shortland as well as best actress for its star, Abbie Cornish, and best actor for leading man Sam Worthington. In other categories, Somersault nabbed best actress in a supporting role for Lynette Curran, best actor in a supporting role for Erik Thompson, best editing, cinematography, production design, costume design, sound and original music score. »

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'Somersault' rolls to record 15 AFI noms

1 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- With a record-breaking 15 nominations, "Somersault" leads the pack in the run-up to the 46th Australian Film Institute Awards. The debut feature from writer-director Cate Shortland and producer Anthony Anderson that stars Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington was nominated for awards including for film, director, cinematography, editing, music, sound, screenplay, production and costume design as well as for actor, supporting actor and supporting actress. "Somersault", the story of a young girl learning to discern the difference between sex and love, was Australia's only entry at this year's Festival de Cannes, where it screened in Un Certain Regard "Tom White", Alkinos Tsilimidos' dark tale of a man's breakdown and ultimate homelessness, received 12 nominations, including for film, director and best actor for Colin Friels. The independently financed dance film "One Perfect Day" came away with eight nominations, including actor, actress, cinematography and editing. Jan Sardi and Jane Scott's "Love's Brother" secured six noms, including film and director. »

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'Somersault' rolls to record 15 AFI noms

1 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- With a record-breaking 15 nominations, "Somersault" leads the pack in the run-up to the 46th Australian Film Institute Awards. The debut feature from writer-director Cate Shortland and producer Anthony Anderson that stars Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington was nominated for awards including for film, director, cinematography, editing, music, sound, screenplay, production and costume design as well as for actor, supporting actor and supporting actress. "Somersault", the story of a young girl learning to discern the difference between sex and love, was Australia's only entry at this year's Festival de Cannes, where it screened in Un Certain Regard "Tom White", Alkinos Tsilimidos' dark tale of a man's breakdown and ultimate homelessness, received 12 nominations, including for film, director and best actor for Colin Friels. The independently financed dance film "One Perfect Day" came away with eight nominations, including actor, actress, cinematography and editing. Jan Sardi and Jane Scott's "Love's Brother" secured six noms, including film and director. »

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Somersault

9 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- Heidi escapes to the base of the mountain, but in this entrancing story, the goats she deals with are not the four-legged types but are, rather, of the homo-sapiens variety. A stirring glimpse into a 16-year-old girl's escape into serial sex, ""Somersault" is a beguiling and tender story of personal transformation and courage.

With "Somersault", filmmaker Cate Shortland has expertly served up a vivid and touching tale, one told many times before, but in this well-realized mounting, one that sparkles with fresh awareness.

Set in a ski resort area of Australia, "Somersault" is a handsomely mounted film swathed in an array of blue hues -- from the icy silver to the lushly deep end of the dark blue spectrum. As photographed by Robert Humphreys, it's a richly textured work, illuminating emotions through its style and visuals.

At the beginning, Heidi's world is ice blue: She has tried to seduce her mother's boyfriend and has run from her dreary apartment home in shame, retreating to the nearby mountains. Short on cash and devoid of self-esteem, Heidi flounders, reaching out with her girlish sexuality to any and all available males. She downslides quickly into a series of one-night stands and self-flagellating encounters.

In this delicate yet robust tale, Shortland vigorously scopes the inner psyche of a fragile yet resilient girl/woman. Ultimately, Heidi absolves her torment and saves herself by confronting the deed she most fears.

"Somersault" bounds with ripe human vigor, largely due to Abbie Cornish's sensual, stormy portrayal of the fragile Abbie. Her performance touches universal nerves and is likely to lift this film to venues beyond the festival circuit. As a macho member of the local gentry, Sam Worthington captures frailties within his outwardly macho character, fleshing out a young man who, to his great surprise, is touched by the young girl.

Complementing Robert Humprheys' eloquent cinematography is the film's haunting musical score, courtesy of the Sydney band Decoder Ring.

Somersault

Fortissimo Film Sales and

Red Carpet Productions Present

Credits:

Producer: Anthony Anderson

Screenwriter/director: Cate Shortland

Executive producer: Jan Chapman

Production designer: Melinda Doring

Cinematographer: Robert Humphreys

Music: Decoder Ring

Cast:

Heidi: Abbie Cornish

Joe: Sam Worthington

Irene: Lynette Curran

Running time -- 106 minutes

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Somersault

20 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- Heidi escapes to the base of the mountain, but in this entrancing story, the goats she deals with are not the four-legged types but are, rather, of the homo-sapiens variety. A stirring glimpse into a 16-year-old girl's escape into serial sex, ""Somersault" is a beguiling and tender story of personal transformation and courage.

With "Somersault", filmmaker Cate Shortland has expertly served up a vivid and touching tale, one told many times before, but in this well-realized mounting, one that sparkles with fresh awareness.

Set in a ski resort area of Australia, "Somersault" is a handsomely mounted film swathed in an array of blue hues -- from the icy silver to the lushly deep end of the dark blue spectrum. As photographed by Robert Humphreys, it's a richly textured work, illuminating emotions through its style and visuals.

At the beginning, Heidi's world is ice blue: She has tried to seduce her mother's boyfriend and has run from her dreary apartment home in shame, retreating to the nearby mountains. Short on cash and devoid of self-esteem, Heidi flounders, reaching out with her girlish sexuality to any and all available males. She downslides quickly into a series of one-night stands and self-flagellating encounters.

In this delicate yet robust tale, Shortland vigorously scopes the inner psyche of a fragile yet resilient girl/woman. Ultimately, Heidi absolves her torment and saves herself by confronting the deed she most fears.

"Somersault" bounds with ripe human vigor, largely due to Abbie Cornish's sensual, stormy portrayal of the fragile Abbie. Her performance touches universal nerves and is likely to lift this film to venues beyond the festival circuit. As a macho member of the local gentry, Sam Worthington captures frailties within his outwardly macho character, fleshing out a young man who, to his great surprise, is touched by the young girl.

Complementing Robert Humprheys' eloquent cinematography is the film's haunting musical score, courtesy of the Sydney band Decoder Ring.

Somersault

Fortissimo Film Sales and

Red Carpet Productions Present

Credits:

Producer: Anthony Anderson

Screenwriter/director: Cate Shortland

Executive producer: Jan Chapman

Production designer: Melinda Doring

Cinematographer: Robert Humphreys

Music: Decoder Ring

Cast:

Heidi: Abbie Cornish

Joe: Sam Worthington

Irene: Lynette Curran

Running time -- 106 minutes

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