PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama
A coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl trying to fit into both a posh private school and an ordinary public school.
To bring this film to life in all its humour and humanness, the filmmakers knew they would need to find the heart of their movie, and so it was that they set out on a long, challenging hunt for their Esther Blueberger. They knew the role was going to be no easy bill to fill, because the character isn't really like any other young heroine. She had to possess both innocence and a chutzpah, both high anxiety and naturally sweet spirit, both a sense of the ridiculous and a dash of the courageous. Writer-director Cathy Randall didn't know exactly what she would look like, but she knew she would know the right Esther when she saw her, so the team began scouring the whole of Australia. Over a period of four months, Randall, Stein and casting agent Anousha Zarkesh travelled to every Australian state capital across the large island nation, viewing thousands upon thousands of teen hopefuls in open auditions. Randall confessed: "It was an incredibly rigorous search, but we just knew this person had to be exceptional. The character is in every scene, so whoever played her had to be able to carry the film. I was adamant that we search far and wide until we found the right Esther." Stein laughed: "At times I wasn't sure we could keep going. As the producer, I was watching the budget and kept hoping, 'surely we must be getting close'." Then, at long last, came the breakthrough the filmmakers had been waiting for. A fourteen year-old girl called Danielle Catanzariti showed up "at a cattle call audition in Adelaide, the place I least expected to find her. She walked in and it was love at first sight. I knew instantly she was Esther", recalled Randall.
How do you Rowan girls tell each other apart?
Esther Blueburger: Serial numbers!
When Jacob and Esther are pretending to be their parents at the dining table and Jacob slides the salt and pepper towards Esther, in the next shot the salt and pepper are seen passing each other going in different directions.
AUD 6,000,000 (estimated)
$341 4 June 2010