H is for Happiness

H is for Happiness is an adaptation of award-winning young adult novel My Life as an Alphabet, by Barry Jonsberg. It was shot in and around Albany in 2018-19.

New actors Daisy Axon and Wesley Patten star in the film, which also features Richard Roxburgh, Emma Booth, Miriam Margolies and Deborah Mailman. It is director John Sheedy’s first full feature film, following his short film Mrs McCutcheon, which was named Best Australian Short Film at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival.

H is for Happiness is the story of Candice Phee, a brightly optimistic young girl on the threshold of adolescence. Her family is bogged down in depression and division. With help from new friend Douglas, Candace embarks on a series of unexpected schemes to lift her family out of their dire circumstances.​

Happiness Film Productions has produced a dazzling guide to Albany and south coast locations used in the film. The guide also includes general information on other attractions, Albany’s history and places to visit further afield in the Great Southern.

H is for Happiness Locations Guide

The film was supported by major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screenwest and the WA Regional Film Fund. It was financed with support from the Melbourne International Film Festival Premiere Fund and Film Victoria.

Other films produced in the Great Southern include:




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