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H is for Happiness (2019)

H Is for Happiness (original title)
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A twelve year old girl with boundless optimism and a unique view of the world, is inspired by the strange new boy at school and sets out to mend her broken family - whatever it takes.

Director:

John Sheedy

Writer:

Lisa Hoppe
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miriam Margolyes ... Miss Bamford
Daisy Axon ... Candice
Alessandra Tognini ... Jen Marshall
Talissa Mansfield Talissa Mansfield ... Jen's Posse #1
Chenae Wreford Chenae Wreford ... Jen's Posse #2
Mand Markey Mand Markey ... Pam
Selva Kasilingam Selva Kasilingam ... Florist
George Shevtsov George Shevtsov ... Gavin
Peter Leighton Peter Leighton ... Mr. Weigard
Emma Booth ... Claire Phee
Richard Roxburgh ... Jim Phee
Joel Jackson ... Rich Uncle Brian
Sam Longley ... Butler
Wesley Patten ... Douglas Benson from Another Dimension
Barry Jonsberg Barry Jonsberg ... Mr. Coolidge, Principal
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A twelve year old girl with boundless optimism and a unique view of the world, is inspired by the strange new boy at school and sets out to mend her broken family - whatever it takes.

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Happiness is inside all of us. You just have to find it.

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Family

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Prior to principal photography, director John Sheedy said: "I am thrilled to be returning to WA [Western Australia] for my directorial debut. Having spent several years in Perth creating theatrical works for young people and families, it seems very fitting." He added: "I am equally delighted to have the opportunity to work with producers Julie Ryan of Cyan Films, Tenille Kennedy and screenwriter and producer Lisa Hoppe who has constructed a hilariously quirky and moving script that is sure to resonate with any child or family that feels different. I look forward to re-engaging in the assembly of local talented actors and creatives and spending time in Albany which is the perfect backdrop to bring this story to the screen." See more »

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After all of the credits, there is an extra scene where the man watering his lawn is laying down on the grass with the water still running. See more »

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E is for Enjoyable, I is for Imperfect.
5 October 2020 | by david-rector-85092See all my reviews

H is For Happiness has a lot of tonal shifts; some of which work, some don't. There is trauma and dysfunction at the base of this film, but there is a sunny disposition that might work for some kids, but the darker elements certainly won't, and likewise the adults will struggle with some of the twee and tweenie elements but appreciate the more substantial themes here of healing, redemptive love and tolerance.

Emma Booth and Richard Roxburgh make for an odd couple - both excellent actors in their own right, but the age difference immediately struck me as a problem. Joel Jackson as the brother to Roxburgh is also bizarre as there is at least 20 + years age difference between them. Nevertheless, the young child actor Daisy Axon is wonderful and truly shines in the leading role. Also impressive here is the quirky Bi National Miriam Margolyes as the very haughty and optically challenged school teacher. She is a lot of fun and quite poignant.

I am not sure that the various themes and tones of the competing narrative threads sit all that well together here, but at the end of the day, there's lots to enjoy here. Exactly who the audience is though is a conundrum as it often is for the Aussie film industry when a story as interesting as this one comes along.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$142,855
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Cyan Films, The Koop See more »
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