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50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 June 2006 (USA)
Growing up is mystifying, but Billy discovers all he has to be is himself


Stewart Main


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Paterson Andrew Paterson ... Billy / Lana (Billy)
Harriet Beattie Harriet Beattie ... Lou / Brad (Lou)
Jay Collins Jay Collins ... Roy
Georgia McNeil Georgia McNeil ... Babe (as Georgia McNeill)
Michael Dorman ... Jamie
Rima Te Wiata ... Evey
George Mason George Mason ... Arch
Ross McKellar Ross McKellar ... Matt
Stephanie McKellar-Smith Stephanie McKellar-Smith ... Reebie
David Sutherland David Sutherland ... Stuart
Ben Short Ben Short ... Glen
Michelle O'Brien Michelle O'Brien ... Belinda Pepper
Fiona Edgar Fiona Edgar ... Teacher
Kevin Wymer Kevin Wymer ... Mr. Shulter
Ian Fraser Ian Fraser ... Referee


Set in New Zealand in the summer of 1975, 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous is the story of 12 year-old Billy, who is about to discover that growing up is a lot more confusing than he could have ever imagined. He is a farmer's only son who is out of step with the other boys at his school. He feels they only want to fight and play rugby and while he tries to be the same, he feels he was never cut out to be a farmer or a rugby player. Instead, he prefers to dream about an imaginary life in outer space. In this world, a turnip paddock becomes a lunar landscape and a cow's tail a head of beautiful blonde hair which transforms him into "Lana" the heroine of his favorite TV show. With the arrival of Roy, the class freak, and Jamie the sexy young farm laborer Billy's world is changed forever. As he learns about his sexuality, everything he knows is called into question, including his lifelong loyalty to his best friend, tomboy Louise, whose world is changing alongside his. Set in New Zealand's ... Written by Rachael Fleury

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It was a world of adventure and a time of innocence, when friendships were forever and growing up would change everything. See more »




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New Zealand



Release Date:

2 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

50 Maneiras de Dizer Fabuloso See more »

Filming Locations:

South Island, New Zealand See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In Loving Memory of the Fabulous Peter Fantl See more »


Featured in Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner (2007) See more »


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Leo Addeo, Dunhill Music Company
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Nice camera work in search of a decent script
18 June 2008 | by denesmithSee all my reviews

What could have been a great film was let down entirely by an appalling script that makes Shortland Street look Oscar worthy.

With a damn awful soundtrack (did they run out of money?), melodramatic silent screen era responses to unrealistic dialogue and a cast that looks the part but cant act to save themselves.....i struggled to make it to the end.

The saving grace of the film was the stunning NZ scenery and realistic visual atmosphere.

Unfortunately it just wasn't enough to save this incredibly disjointed film.

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