Fea­ture film set for south coast

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Shan­non Smith

Al­bany will be­come the set for an­other ma­jor Aus­tralian fea­ture film, with Screen­west to an­nounce today H is for Hap­pi­ness will be shot on the south coast.

The Great South­ern will be­come the set­ting for the film’s small coastal town, which is based on chil­dren’s book My Life As An Al­pha­bet by Barry Jons­berg.

Award-win­ning theatre di­rec­tor John Sheedy will make his fea­ture­film di­rect­ing de­but with the Cyan Films pro­duc­tion.

The film will tell a heart-warm­ing story of fam­ily and friend­ship, fol­low­ing 12-year-old Candice Phee, who has bound­less op­ti­mism and a unique view of the world.

Sheedy said was he thrilled to re­turn to WA for his di­rec­to­rial de­but.

“Hav­ing spent sev­eral years in Perth cre­at­ing the­atri­cal works for young peo­ple and fam­i­lies, it seems very fit­ting,” he said.

“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.”

Cast­ing has be­gun for the film, which will be shot later this year.

Sheedy’s short film Mrs McCutcheon had its world pre­miere at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in 2017, where it won best short, go­ing on to win sev­eral awards from fes­ti­vals around the world.

Screen­west chief ex­ec­u­tive Seph McKenna said she was de­lighted with the num­ber of screen pro­duc­tions be­ing filmed in WA.

“It’s such an ex­cit­ing time for our local film and screen in­dus­try and it’s great to wit­ness more na­tional and in­ter­na­tional teams re­al­is­ing the value of shoot­ing their projects here,” she said.

H is for Hap­pi­ness has re­ceived ma­jor pro­duc­tion in­vest­ment from Screen Aus­tralia in as­so­ci­a­tion with WA Re­gional Film Fund and Screen­west. The film is also par­tially funded by the MIFF.

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