- Somersault (film)
name = Somersault
caption = Somersault film poster
Anthony Anderson Jan Chapman
Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington Erik Thomson Anne Louise Lambert Leah Purcell
editing = Scott Gray
released = 17 May 2004
runtime = 106 min
country = AUS
language = English
imdb_id = 0381429
"Somersault" is an Australian independent movie, written and directed by
Cate Shortlandand released in September 2004. The movie was selected for the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. It also swept the field, winning every single feature film award - thirteen in total - at the 2004 Australian Film Institute Awards.
Exploring the themes of teenage sexuality and emotion, "Somersault" is about a fairly uninhibited and irresistible sixteen-year-old blonde girl called Heidi (played by
Abbie Cornish) who runs away from home for a short time to the ski fields of Jindabyne in New South Wales. There she meets Joe (played by Sam Worthington), the son of a local farmer, and tries to form a relationship with him, despite his difficulty in expressing his emotions. He also seems to be troubled by being somewhat sexually confused with regards to straight preference, while having better than average luck meeting girls.
The soundtrack is written and performed by Australian band
In the 2004 AFI Awards held on 29 October at Regent Theatre,
Melbourne, "Somersault" made history by winning a record 13 awards, out of its 15 nominations. The film picked up the following awards: Best Feature Film - producer, Anthony Anderson; Best Direction - Cate Shortland; Best Original Screenplay - Cate Shortland; Best Actress in a Leading Role - Abbie Cornish; Best Actor in a Leading Role - Sam Worthington; Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Lynette Curran; Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Erik Thomson; Best Editing - Scott Gray; Best Cinematography - Robert Humphreys A.C.S.; Best Sound - Mark Blackwell, Peter Smith and Sam Petty; Best Original Music Score - Decoder Ring; Best Production Design - Melinda Doring; Best Costume Design - Emily Seresin.
"Somersault" was also a big winner at the 2004 Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) Annual Awards where it picked up five awards: Best Film; Best Director (Cate Shortland); Best Actress (Abbie Cornish); Best Cinematography (Robert Humphreys); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lynette Curran).
The film also dominated the publicly voted Lexus IF Awards, taking out six of its eight nominations. It won awards in the following categories: Best Director (Cate Shortland), Best Music, Best Cinematography, Best Script, Best Feature Film and Best Actress for Abbie Cornish.
* Film Critics Circle of Australia (November, 2004). " [http://www.fcca.com.au/?page=awards FCCA Annual Awards for Australian Film] ". Press Release.
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