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H is for Happiness Unclassified 15+

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Miriam Margolyes, Emma Booth, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman and Joel Jackson star in this delightful adaptation of the award-winning YA novel My Life as an Alphabet.

Led by newcomers Daisy Axon and Wesley Patten, H is for Happiness is the story of Candice Phee, a relentlessly optimistic and hilariously forthright girl on the cusp of her 13th birthday. Candice’s family is in disarray: her mum has been living with depression since the death of Candice’s baby sister, while her dad and his brother – Candice’s beloved Rich Uncle Brian – are not on speaking terms. As she faces the uncertainties of impending adolescence with the help of her new friend Douglas Benson, Candice hatches a variety of outlandish schemes to make her nearest and dearest happy again.

John Sheedy, director of the MIFF 2017 Best Australian Short Film Mrs McCutcheon, makes his feature debut with this sunny and buoyant coming-of-age tale. Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund and adapted from Barry Jonsberg’s acclaimed young adult novel, it’s a warm-hearted hug of a film, unafraid to tackle serious themes while remaining laugh-out-loud funny and sweetly uplifting. Gorgeously shot by Bonnie Elliot (Undertow, MIFF 2018) and produced by Julie Ryan (Red Dog, MIFF 2011), Tenille Kennedy (Bad Girl, MIFF 2016) and Lisa Hoppe – who also wrote the screenplay – H is for Happiness is a charming film for the whole family.


Read a Q&A with John Sheedy
H is for Happiness also screens as our Family Gala film.
Guests: Daisy Axon, Emma Booth, John Sheedy

Tickets

2751
Thu 15 Aug 6:30 pm [2751]
H is for Happiness (103 mins)
The Capitol Assisted ListeningWheelchair AccessOC
Past event
1841
Sat 17 Aug 1:00 pm [1841]
H is for Happiness (103 mins)
Forum Theatre Audio Description Wheelchair Access
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Key Cast
Daisy Axon, Deborah Mailman, Emma Booth, Joel Jackson, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Roxburgh, Wesley Patten
Director
John Sheedy
Producers
Julie Ryan, Lisa Hoppe, Tenille Kennedy
Screenwriter
Lisa Hoppe
Premiere Status
World Premiere
Format
Digital

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