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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 ... 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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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 »


Mum: WHAT! Aren't they feeding you?
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Chaos Consultant: Elliot Lucas School Chaos: Pickled Eggs, Adrian Dembinski, Nick Timewell, Bola Aiyelokun See more »


References Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) See more »


Don't Tell Me
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Stiff performance
27 February 2005 | by penarol10See all my reviews

I just attended a special preview of the movie, 'Hating Alison Ashley' and I was interested in seeing the performance of Delta Goodrem. Not reading the book, I am purely basing my comments on the movie I saw. In short, Delta Goodrem's performance is stiff and she doesn't play a very convincing 'Alison Ashley'. Firstly, she is supposed to be a Year 9 student, but she looks way older than the rest of the students. She also physically looks bigger than the rest of the students, making it hard to suspend disbelief that she actually is a troubled Year 9 aged between 14-15 years old. Most Year 9 students are aged between 14-15 years old, so I guess setting the story at Year 12 would have changed the whole narrative. Therefore, the makers of this movie clearly wanted Delta Goodrem at all cost to be in this movie. Apart from these setbacks, it's actually a very entertaining and funny movie. It holds your interest for most part of the film, but it slows down when the students head to camp and prepare for the play. The early high school scenes look very lifelike and give you an impression of just how bad some State schools are. Jean Kittson was superb in her role, as was Craig McLachlan playing the simple minded P.E teacher. Tracey Mann should have put a little bit more effort into her role as the single mother. However, it's Saskia Burmeister that really steals the spotlight with her wonderful performance. She was believable, passionate and understanding of the role of the confused Year 9 student. Delta Goodrem on the other hand was not. Delta came across as rigid and excessive in her role of the girl from the 'right side of the tracks'. Just look out for the scene when she is talking to her mother from the camp's kitchen, she manages to hang the phone, while she is still talking on the phone. I guess she can only learn from her mistakes, but why do we have to see them on a good film like this? On the whole, I enjoyed the film!

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Release Date:

17 March 2005 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Ez a csaj nem hagy hidegen See more »


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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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