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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 »
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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
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
Annelies Norland .... location manager
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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Also Known As:
106 min | Germany:99 min (TV version)
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Never quite lands on its feet, 16 May 2010
Author: rooee from United Kingdom

Like last year's Bright Star, Somersault sees the luminous Abbie Cornish steal every scene in a neatly framed, well-meaning, but vapid love story. This Heidi is no Fanny though; she's shy and desperate to feel wanted, and emotional security above romance is the order of the day. She obviously sees something similarly fragile in Sam Worthington's Joe. It's just a pity that Worthington the actor hasn't the subtlety to convince us of this hidden sensitivity; his shifts in mood come across as minor Hulk moments. He even has a Lou Ferrigno mullet.

The plotting itself is fine, but the dialogue is often flat and feels very 'written': lots of unlikely, monosyllabic, stabbing exchanges, which tend to undermine the chilly rawness of the film's photography and themes.

There's a bleak spine of truth running through Cate Shortland's debut feature, and many well-observed scenes. But ultimately it comes off as a kind of STI-free rendition of Lilya-4-Ever.

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