Looking for an excellent family movie watch? Keep an eye out for H Is For Happiness – here’s the trailer for the film.

If there’s a particular role I think that movie websites like this have to play in modern day cinema, it’s shouting loudly about a film you may not have heard of. A tiny role, but I think it’s an important one.

I’m always on the look out for really good live action family movies, which seem to be something of an endangered species. But what a treat H Is For Happiness is. It’s an Australian movie getting a release in the UK at the end of March from Sparky Pictures. I hadn’t heard of it before I watched it – and there’ll be more on it in our magazines soon – but I thought it was a flat out treat.

Here’s the trailer for the film…

The film is available on digital demand in the UK from March 29th. For the minute, I’ll leave you with the synopsis…

Adapted from Barry Jonsberg’s award-winning young-adult novel ‘My Life as an Alphabet’, H IS FOR HAPPINESS is a rainbow-coloured, vivacious, feel-good film that will delight and engage the whole family.

Set in a small Australian coastal town, 12-year-old Candice Phee (Daisy Axon) is a smart schoolgirl with boundless optimism and a unique view of the world. She’s a fountain of offbeat information and bright ideas but her frequently raised hand elicits derision from her classmates and plenty of eye-rolling from her teacher Miss Bamford (Miriam Margolyes).

Her perpetually cheery nature belies Candice’s unhappy home life and lack of friends. Bereavement, financial struggles and estrangement from her ‘Rich Uncle Brian’ (Joel Jackson) have cast a shadow over her parents (Emma Booth and Richard Roxburgh). Inspired by the strange new boy at school, ‘Douglas Benson From Another Dimension’ (Wesley Patten), Candice sets out to do whatever it takes to mend her broken family.

With its whimsical design, witty direction and delightful performances from the young leads, H IS FOR HAPPINESS is a bright, entertaining and playful film which contains within a refreshingly direct take on family problems, friendship and acceptance of difference.

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