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Somersault -- After making a misjudged advance towards her mother's boyfriend, 16-year-old Heidi (Abbie Cornish) flees her home for the small Australian ski town of Jindabyne.  When she falls for Joe (Sam Worthington), the son of a wealthy local farmer, her self-destructive tendencies re-surface, and her fragile new world threatens to come tumbling down.
Somersault -- New experiences help a young girl learn the differences between sex and love.


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16 September 2004 (Australia) See more »
Love can turn you upside down.
A young girl flees her hometown and arrives in the Australian Alps, where new experiences help her learn the differences between sex and love. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Abbie Cornish ... Heidi

Damian de Montemas ... Adam

Olivia Pigeot ... Nicole
Alex Babic ... Brian the barman
Elizabeth Muntar ... Ticket Vendor

Justin Martin ... Guy

Ben Tate ... Sean
Joshua Phillips ... Josh

Sam Worthington ... Joe

Nathaniel Dean ... Stuart

Paul Gleeson ... Roy
Bruce Ross ... Staring Man
Lynette Curran ... Irene
John Sheerin ... Pat
Anne-Louise Lambert ... Martha (as Anne Louise Lambert)

Erik Thomson ... Richard
Hollie Andrew ... Bianca
Archer Lyttle ... Pete
Leah Purcell ... Diane
Blake Pittman ... Karl
Erica Englert ... Rachel
Stephanie Overs ... Clare

Caroline Lowe ... Waitress
Diana Glenn ... Sally

Toby Schmitz ... John

Henry Nixon ... Nick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mark McCann ... Caravan Park Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Cate Shortland 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cate Shortland  written by

Produced by
Anthony Anderson .... producer
Jan Chapman .... executive producer
Miranda Dear .... commissioning editor
Original Music by
Decoder Ring 
Cinematography by
Robert Humphreys (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Scott Gray 
Casting by
Nikki Barrett 
Production Design by
Melinda Doring 
Art Direction by
Janie Parker 
Set Decoration by
Glen W. Johnson 
Costume Design by
Emily Seresin 
Makeup Department
Angela Conte .... hair stylist supervisor
Angela Conte .... makeup supervisor
Helene Glover .... hair stylist
Helene Glover .... makeup artist
Kellie Griffin .... hair stylist
Kellie Griffin .... makeup artist
Sheldon Wade .... hair stylist
Sheldon Wade .... makeup artist
Production Management
Colleen Clarke .... post-production supervisor
Felix Reitin .... unit manager: Canberra (as Felix Reiten)
Libby Sharpe .... production manager
Naomi Wenck .... post-production supervisor
Cameron Wintour .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kate North Ash .... third assistant director
John Martin .... first assistant director
Ed Raymond .... second assistant director (as Eddie Raymond)
Art Department
Robert Fischper .... set painter
Katrina Fish .... art department assistant
Sharyn Fulton .... props buyer
Roxana Knittel .... graphics assistant
Brooke Morris .... art department assistant
Michael O'Sullivan .... stand-by props
Dave Philpott .... construction manager
Catherine Raven .... art department attachment
Danny Strachan .... lead scenic artist
Katerina Stratos .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Yulia Akerholt .... dialogue editor
Mark Blackwell .... sound recordist
Bronwyn Coleman .... sound department attachment
Bruce Emery .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby Stereo
Mark Franken .... sound effects editor
Jasmine Guffond .... Atmos editor
Damon Mouris .... adr recordist
Sam Petty .... sound designer
Sam Petty .... sound re-recording mixer
Blair Slater .... foley engineer
Ben Smith .... boom operator
Peter D. Smith .... sound re-recording mixer (as Peter Smith)
Mario Vaccaro .... foley walker
Andy Wright .... adr recordist
Liz Wright .... liaison: Soundfirm Australia
Special Effects by
Tim O'Brien .... special effects coordinator
Cameron Potter .... special effects assistant
Peter Stubbs .... special effects director
Visual Effects by
Jonathan Dixon .... digital optical effects (as Jon Dixon)
Rebecca Dunn .... digital optical effects
Robert Sandeman .... digital optical effects
Robert Simper .... stunt coordinator (as Rob Simper)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Anderson .... best boy
Carolyn Constantine .... director of photography: second unit (as Carolyne Constantine)
Bonnie Elliott .... focus puller: second unit
Ben Jasper .... additional camera operator: second unit
Nigel Joseph .... grip: second unit
Danielle Kinsela .... lighting stand-in
Elise Lockwood .... still photographer
Stuart Longhurst .... additional grip
Geoff Maine .... gaffer
Daniel McCrea .... video split operator
Matt Nettheim .... still photographer
Kevin Scott .... focus puller
Michael Thompson .... assistant grip
Nigel Tomkinson .... clapper loader
Jason Trew .... key grip
Paul Young .... third electrician
Casting Department
Antonia Halse .... casting assistant
Dex Tallo .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shareen Beringer .... costume supervisor
Natasha Harrison .... costume assistant
Abbie Mawhinney .... costume assistant
Flip Wootten .... stand-by wardrobe (as Phillippa 'Flip' Wootten)
Editorial Department
Rodrigo Balart .... first assistant editor
Greg Chapman .... negative matcher
Miranda Dear .... commissioning editor: SBS Independent
Olivier Fontenay .... color grader
Al Hansen .... digital colorist
Andrew Soo .... editing attachment
Location Management
Annelies Norland .... location manager
Music Department
Ken Davis .... musician: decoder ring
Ben Ely .... musician: decoder ring
Matt Fitzgerald .... musician: decoder ring
Pete Kelly .... musician: decoder ring
Liz O'Grady .... music score coordinator
Norman Parkhill .... music supervisor
Tom Schutzinger .... musician: decoder ring
Transportation Department
Bruce Ross .... vehicle coordinator
Other crew
Paul Adzic .... production runner
Damien Archer .... unit assistant
Sam Benson .... caterer
Ben Breen .... production accountant
Leigh Brezler .... assistant to producer
Jane Campion .... script advisor: Aurora
Andy Canny .... title designer
Kate Champion .... choreographer
Jan Chapman .... script advisor: Aurora
Emma Cohen .... unit nurse
Camera Cooks .... caterer
Nikki Creed .... accounting assistant
Sophie Dick .... production coordinator
Robert Festinger .... script advisor: Aurora (as Rob Festinger)
Rob Fisher .... completion guarantor
Demyan Golushinsky .... production runner
Rhonda Hall .... wrangler: deer & cat
Megan Harding .... base office liaison
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Amanda Higgs .... script editor
Mike Honey .... cutting room: Spectrum Films
Allan Hull .... race caller
Paul Kiely .... script supervisor
Amy Lucas .... long form producer
Jim Luce .... dog wrangler
Don MacDonald .... dog wrangler
Donna McCrum .... title designer
Marlay Mcintosh .... production runner
Leona McKenzie .... rushes liaison
Appellee McLeod .... accounting assistant
Chris McNamara .... unit assistant
Kate Meyer .... post-production accountant
Victoria Mielewska .... dialogue coach
Denise Morgan .... script editor
Afra Mullins .... assistant production coordinator
Sue Murray .... script advisor: Aurora
Fiona Nix .... unit publicist
Chris Noonan .... script advisor: Aurora
Liz O'Grady .... band manager: Decoder Ring
Scott Parsons .... unit assistant
Wayne Pleace .... safety report
Clare Pollard .... caterer
Hans Pomeranz .... cutting room: Spectrum Films
Josh Pomeranz .... cutting room: Spectrum Films
Jason Resnick .... script advisor: Aurora
Stephen Rutter .... travel manager
Tony Safford .... script advisor: Aurora
Greg Short .... lab liaison
Robert Simper .... safety coordinator (as Rob Simper)
Stuart Smith .... caterer
Sally Steele .... publicist
Jo Stewart .... post-production script
Geoff Stier .... script advisor: Aurora
Heng Tang .... assistant to director
Duncan Thompson .... script advisor
Alison Tilson .... script advisor: Aurora
Caroline Verge .... legal services
Graham Ware .... horse wrangler
Liz Wright .... liaison: Soundfirm
Wouter Barendrecht .... acknowledgment: for Fortissimo Film Sales
Josh Bassett .... special thanks
Grace Parr .... special thanks
Vashti Richards .... special thanks
Ivan Siebel .... thanks
Trish Watts .... special thanks
Michael J. Werner .... acknowledgment: for Fortissimo Film Sales
Matt Young .... thanks
Jakub Zaremba .... special thanks

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106 min | Germany:99 min (TV version)
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The coach that Heidi boards to take her to Jindabyne is shown to depart from the Belconnen bus interchange in North Canberra (there is a bit of artistic license at work here as the Belconnen interchange only deals with Canberra's internal bus service).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Joe pours hot water onto the icy windscreen of his car, no steam appears.See more »
Joe:You know when you were a kid, did your mum ever used to spray perfume in the air and sort of walk through it?
Joe:She's like that.
Richard:Like perfume?
Joe:No... see, when you leave you still feel her on your skin.
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Sympathetic Portrait of Runaway Teenager as Child/Woman, 2 August 2006
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Somersault" is a fresh spin on the in-over-their heads teenager movie, particularly the mixed-up city girl confusing the well-meaning country boy sub-genre. It is a sophisticated look at the motivations and resourcefulness of a teen age runaway.

In her debut feature, writer/director Cate Shortland poignantly captures a girl's search for love and independence through sex. It isn't often that we see a film about tantalizing jail-bait from the girl's perspective.

The town settings from Canberra to Jindabyne in New South Wales are unusual for Australian films we usually get to see in the U.S., providing an unusual meeting place for cold-weather tourists, the poor in their service industry, and farmers in from cattle stations.

Abbie Cornish is a marvel in the central role. Looking startlingly like the young Nicole Kidman from her early Australian movies such as "Flirting", she morphs from coltish girl to sexual aggressor, even as it's clear she doesn't understand what she's getting herself into by thinking she can live out her fantasy in following one guy after another who she has met on the road. With the glimpses we get of her tumultuous inner world through a childish diary, "Heidi"s naiveté is palpably painful as Cornish projects her at different times in the film as being the character's actual 16 or pretending to be 20 when she thinks she can use sex as a manipulable tool without realizing what creepy situations can result. The subtlety of her performance extends to how differently she relates to men than women, particularly as she keeps seeking out mother figures.

Sam Worthington is heartbreakingly sweet as equally naive, somewhat older "Joe", who clumsily becomes her protector and something more. I wasn't clear, though, about his back story with issues in his past (there's a lot of family secrets all around). The film also comments on bloke culture, including the ambiguous touches of homo-eroticism in male bonding.

The scenes between these two marginalized young people are engrossing with their attraction and hesitation, as they clumsily imitate adult behavior that they can't really handle. Bouncing between maturity and immaturity, tenderness and aggression, they have enough trouble expressing and understanding their feelings without adding sex into the mixture.

A side story with an autistic child leads to a way too didactic discussion about empathy and emotions, with flash cards no less.

The cinematography had a lovely blue haze, but used fuzzy focus too often.

I had some difficulty understanding the male dialogue among thick accents and low sound projection in the Time Square Theater, compounded by the restless male audience, up and down, in and out, slamming doors, who seemed mostly attracted to the film by Cornish's nude scenes.

This film is a creative contrast to American indie films that tend to see young women on the cusp of adulthood more as victims as they experiment with their sexual power, such as "Blue Car" or "Hard Candy", or in commercial fare as innocents, like "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants", let alone male fantasy objects as in "American Beauty". A spate of recent non-American directors have focused on their impact on males, such as in "The Holy Girl (La Niña santa)", "À Tout de Suite (Right Now)", and "Lila Says (Lila dit ça)", with varying degrees of the success of this film in capturing their girl/woman confusion.

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