The first trailer for H is for Happiness quietly dropped overnight via Melbourne International Film Festival.
H is for Happiness was shot in the picturesque coastal town of Albany, in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.
The colourful film is the debut feature from well-known theatre director John Sheedy, whose feel-good short film Mrs McCutcheon garnered glowing reviews and accolades in Australia and around the world.
Perth-based actor Daisy Axon (Judy and Punch) stars as the film’s optimistic protagonist Candice McPhee, in what is her second feature film role and first lead. Starring opposite Daisy in this story of true friendship is young actor Wesley Patten whose charming performance in John Sheedy’s Mrs McCutcheon won him the hearts of audiences across the globe and Best Young Actor at the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival.
Headlining the adult cast is Richard Roxburgh (Breath), currently working with Helen Mirren in HBO’s Catherine The Great, Emma Booth (Glitch, Hounds of Love), Albany-born actor Joel Jackson (Jungle, Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door), Miriam Margoyles (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), and Deborah Mailman (Paper Planes, The Sapphires).
H is for Happinesss is based on the internationally beloved young adult novel My Life As An Alphabet, by Australian author Barry Jonsberg, adapted for the screen by writer/producer Lisa Hoppe. Candice Phee is an unflinchingly honest and optimistic twelve year old who is determined to bring her dysfunctional family back from the brink. Her exploits will inspire and delight anyone who has faced the trials of adolescence and the heartbreak of family tragedy.
H is for Happiness will screen at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August. Details here.