Director: John Sheedy
118 minutes

On the beautifully flawed lot of being alive.

Barry Jonsberg’s beloved novel My Life as an Alphabet is vivified on screen with bright colours, bold style and big feelings. Set in Albany, Western Australia (or, more accurately, a deeply twee rendering thereof), the feel-good family flick centres on Candice Phee (Daisy Axon, Judy & Punch), a relentlessly positive, pragmatic 12-year-old who reads the dictionary for fun. Crack open the film’s candy-coloured shell, however, and you’ll find a bluer heart, as Candice takes it upon herself to fix her parents’ grief and sorrow. Buoyed by a lively performance from its young lead, H… is grounded by its supporting cast, which features such veteran actors as Richard Roxburgh (Rake), Deborah Mailman (2067, AFF 2020) and the inimitable Miriam Margolyes.

Session includes Q&A with filmmakers and child actors

The Report Card
Children’s content builds and celebrates Australian identity in all its wondrous complexity and diversity. Following each of The Report Card screenings, students can hear from, and speak directly with, the content makers on what they want from the films and TV being made for and about them.

To purchase Schools, Teachers or Equity Pricing tickets, schools can either call AFF Box Office on 0416 761 036 or email: [email protected]

Program Strand Feature Fiction, The Report Card
Age Recommendation 10+, 13+, 15+
Language English
Director John Sheedy
Producer Julie Ryan, Tenille Kennedy, Lisa Hoppe
Screenwriters Lisa Hoppe
Cast Richard Roxburgh, Miriam Margolyes, Emma Booth, Daisy Axon, Joel Jackson, Wesley Patten, Deborah Mailman