John Sheedy's debut feature H is for Happiness has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films in North America and Germany's Telepool as well as distributors in multiple other markets.
Led by newcomers Daisy Axon and Wesley Patten, 'H is for Happines's 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.
Theatre director John Sheedy is currently casting for his feature film directorial debut, 'H is for Happiness', due to shoot in Albany, WA later this year.
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has unveiled the first 29 films on its line-up this year, including the world premiere of Good Thing Productions and Passion Pictures’ 'The Australian Dream' which will open the festival August 1.
Monica Zanetti's screenplay of 'Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)', Ben Lawrence and Beatrix Christian's 'Hearts and Bones' and Ally Burnham's 'Unsound' have been nominated for best original feature in the 53rd annual AWGIE Awards.
John Sheedy’s feature debut 'H is for Happiness', an adaptation of Barry Jonsberg’s young adult novel My Life as an Alphabet, has won this year's $100,000 CinefestOZ Film Prize.
"Don't adapt and change cultural differences: some projects lose their originality because they are designed for world platforms or global deals."
Producer Julie Ryan was in post-production for 'Hotel Mumbai' when writer Lisa Hoppe’s script for 'H is for Happiness' came across her desk. She loved it straight away - by page 40, she'd recognised it would make a heartwarming, funny family film.