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Hating Alison Ashley (2005)

Classmates Erica Yurgen and Alison Ashley vie with each other to become the undisputed star of their class.


Geoff Bennett
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saskia Burmeister Saskia Burmeister ... Erica Yurken
Tracy Mann ... Mum
Richard Carter ... Lennie
Rachael Carpani ... Valjoy Yurken (as Rachel Carpani)
Abigail Gudgeon Abigail Gudgeon ... Jedda Yurken (as Abby Gudgeon)
Anthony Cleave Anthony Cleave ... Harley Yurken
Jean Kittson Jean Kittson ... Miss Belmont
Craig McLachlan ... Jeff Kennard
Holly Myers Holly Myers ... Miss Lattimore
Babs McMillan Babs McMillan ... Mrs. Orlando
William Ten Eyck William Ten Eyck ... Mr. Cheale (as Bill Ten Eyck)
Frank Bren Frank Bren ... Mr. Nicholson
Delta Goodrem ... Alison Ashley
Alex Capelli Alex Capelli ... Barry Hollis (as Alexander Cappelli)
Katie Fitchett Katie Fitchett ... Margeart Collins


Hating Alison Ashley is a coming of age story about teenagers dealing with their self-inflicted angst, their embarrassing parents, their friends and those they would call their enemies. Erica Yurken's life sucks: her family is an embarrassment, her acting genius is unrecognized and because of her name, she is nicknamed 'Yuk'. So from the moment the perfect Alison Ashley arrives at school, Yuk knows there is going to be trouble. Yuk has always felt superior to everyone at Barringa East, but Alison is everything Yuk has ever wanted to be Written by spike

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There's always one friendship that lasts forever




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Release Date:

17 March 2005 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Ez a csaj nem hagy hidegen See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$525,590 (Australia), 18 March 2005, Limited Release
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Company Credits

Production Co:

HAA Films Pty. Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sunshine Secondary College "West" Campus in Melbourne, Australia was used during filming of the movie. It was uncredited so that the school would not be perceived in a bad way. See more »


When Barry Hollis lights his graffiti that he drew on the wall on fire, Erica comes along and her right eyebrow gets burned and one half of her face gets covered with ash. But if you look closely, Erica wasn't even close enough to the wall to get that much damage to her face. See more »


Barry: I've got a lighter...
Erica Yurken: So?
Barry: We could burn something!
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Crazy Credits

Chaos Consultant: Elliot Lucas School Chaos: Pickled Eggs, Adrian Dembinski, Nick Timewell, Bola Aiyelokun See more »


References Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) See more »


Performed by Gabriella Cilmi
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Aussie teen flick is better than American equivalents :)
2 April 2005 | by Aussie_flick_chickSee all my reviews

As a female year 9 (coincidently 9C), I found Hating Alison Ashley a joy to watch. Erica Yurken, who's played brilliantly by Saskia Burmeister, is a seemingly over-confident outcast, who believes she's superior to everyone else at her extremely dysfunctional school. Everything she's ever worked for is turned upside down when the "perfect" Alison Ashley from the snobby part of town, joins Erica's class, 9C. Delta's performance as the apparently flawless Alison Ashley was stiff at times but certainly adequate. It's Saskia Burmeister's performance that steals the show.

The supposed ages of the leads are very unconvincing. Am I supposed to believe these people are my age? 20 year old physically don't 'look like 14 year old even if they act it.

The best thing about the movie is that it's Australian! It's fantastic the see an Aussie teen flick which my friends and I can relate to so much more than an American equivalent. The 9C students have textbooks that I have, there are Australian products sold at the canteen, Erica eats a meat pie and there's tomato sauce on her kitchen table! In scenes there's the Westgate Bridge and Melbourne city in the background. It's fabulous! None of this would obviously ever happen in an American teen flick. The year nines don't speak with American accents or use American slang, have quarter-backs and cheerleaders and there's not even the American flag blowing in the wind in the background. It's just so refreshing to have an Aussie teen movie.

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