Following very successful festival runs both at home and overseas, both Hearts and Bones and H is For Happiness are now available to rent on demand.
Ben Lawrence’s new Australian drama, Hearts and Bones, was forced to bypass an Australian cinema release for obvious reasons, while it’s hoped H is For Happiness reaches a larger audience at home after a botched cinema release at the beginning of the year which failed to attract a large audience, especially in its home state of Western Australia.
Hearts and Bones follows war photographer Daniel Fisher (Hugo Weaving) who has returned home to the news of his partner’s pregnancy.
While preparing for his latest exhibition, a South Sudanese refugee appears at Daniel’s door with a request – that he not exhibit any photographs of the massacre in his village, taken 15 years earlier. What emerges is an unlikely friendship between the two men. While sifting through the photographer’s archive, they make a startling discovery – the refugee’s daughter, thought dead, may still be alive. As more revelations arise, both men begin to question their past and in searching, they discover salvation.
Hearts and Bones stars Weaving alongside Andrew Luri, Hayley McElhinney, Bolude Watson and the always brilliant Alan Dukes.
The delightful and joyous 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.
Both films are available now on all major digital platforms.