H Is for Happiness


Digital Screening Room Mon, May 4, 2020
Digital Screening Room Fri, May 15, 2020
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Festival Programs:Nextwave Global Features
Spotlight: 2020 Vision
Tags:Family Drama
Family Friendly
Comedy Drama
Release Year:2019
Runtime:96 min
Festivals & Awards:Melbourne International Film Festival - People's Choice Award 2nd Place
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Level K
Director:John Sheedy
Executive Producer:Richard East
Jonathan Page
Bryce Menzies
Avrill Stark
Grady Habib
Roger Savage
Producer:Julie Ryan
Tenille Kennedy
Lisa Hoppe
Cinematographer:Bonnie Elliott ACS
Screenwriter:Lisa Hoppe
Barry Jonsberg (based on the novel by)
Editor:Johanna Scott
Composer:Nerida Tyson-Chew
Principal Cast:Richard Roxburgh
Emma Booth
Joel Jackson
Deborah Mailman


Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

Candice Phee has a unique view of the world. Even though her family has forgotten how to be happy and kids in school can be mean, the unstoppable Candice’s relentless optimism and innovative plans bring happiness to her seaside Australian town.

When eccentric, hilariously sincere Candice meets a new boy, Douglas Benson From Another Dimension, she finds a kindred spirit. Both are outsiders at school with peculiar oddities that mutually attract. Coping with real struggles, the darkness of family loss and division, the kids believe in a better world and are going to prove it using their most imaginative sensibilities. Featuring dynamite performances by Australian newcomers Daisy Axon and Wesley Patton, H is for Happiness is Wes Anderson-like with superb art direction, dry-witted deadpan comedy, and a little romance. Based on the acclaimed YA book My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg. Recommended for Age 11+ (Deb Girdwood)

Director Biography

John Sheedy

Born in Geelong, Australia in 1972, John Sheedy was educated at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. He is primarily known for his staging arresting drama, musicals and operas around his native country. H is for Happiness (2019) is his debut feature film.