Amy (1997 film)
|Directed by||Nadia Tass|
|Produced by||Nadia Tass
|Written by||David Parker|
|Starring||Alana De Roma
|Music by||Philip Judd|
|Edited by||Bill Murphy|
|Distributed by||Roadshow Home Video
World Wide Motion Pictures Corp.
|12 September 1997
27 August 1998
|Box office||A$599,724 (Australia)|
The story developed from a concept inspired by the Man of La Mancha and the screenplay was developed by Tass' husband David Parker. The project that took eleven years to complete due to financial problems and a difficult search for the perfect "Amy".
Amy's (Alana De Roma) father, Will Enker (Nick Barker), was a popular rock musician accidentally electrocuted while performing on stage. The psychological trauma leaves Amy mute and deaf. So the 8-year-old is brought by her mother, Tanya (Rachel Griffiths), to Melbourne to diagnose the reasons for her continued silence. Amy befriends her neighbor, Robert(Ben Mendelsohn), and while social workers try desperately to get her to speak and go to school, she makes the choice to communicate again and begins to sing along to Robert's rock songs after three years of silence. Her mother works out her own emotional issues with the help of a therapist.
- Alana De Roma as Amy Enker
- Rachel Griffiths as Tanya Rammus
- Ben Mendelsohn as Robert Buchanan
- Nick Barker as Will Enker
- Kerry Armstrong as Sarah Trendle
- Jeremy Trigatti as Zac Trendle
- William Zappa as Bill Trendle
- Torquil Neilson as Luke Lassiter
- Sullivan Stapleton as Wayne Lassiter
- Partial additional cast
- Mary Ward as Mrs. Mullins
- Jeremy Kewley as Maurice Reitman
- Charles 'Bud' Tingwell as Country Doctor
- Grant Piro as ... PC Franklin
- Bobby Bright as ... Busker
- Sarah Carter as ... Carousel receptionist
- Janet Andrewartha as ... Singing receptionist
- David Mason as ... Paparazzi
- Steve Brown as Leon
- Kim Gyngell as Wax Stevens
- Susie Porter as Anny Buchanan
- Frank Gallacher as Dr. Urquhart
- Malcolm Kennard as Brian Cosgrove
- Jan Friedl as Susan Hammett
- Osvaldo Maione as Franco Rammus
- Dino Marnika as Mike Cialino
- Marco Chiappi as Greg Barton
- Robert Meldrum as Brad Duffy
- Adriano Cortese as Manny Cortex
- Victoria Eagger as Jeanette Chandler
The film first screened at the Athens International Film Festival on 12 September 1997, and had its Australian premiere 27 August 1998. It was screened at multiple film festivals from 1998 through 2003, before its television debut in Italy on 14 October 2004.
When it was released, it received rave reviews and many awards and nominations. But the film also received criticism as the film was sometimes felt to be dated and imprecise in its references to Amy's plight, however, in France and the U.S, the movie was a hit, apparently receiving standing ovations at some theatres. The film received approval from Lawrence van Gelder of the New York Times when he offered that "A couple of good performances, linked to a crowd-pleasing but predictable story marred by some slapdash construction await audiences..." and "Warm of heart, modest in polish, 'Amy' provides satisfactions that must be balanced against its flaws." The Seattle Post-Intelligencer was less forgiving when they opined that "although the film is a decidedly mixed bag, it's blessed by solid performances from a top-notch cast", that it "feels dated and imprecise", and is "not able to make up its mind whether it wants to be slapstick or a heart-wrenching drama."
When the film won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the 1999 Cannes International Film Festival, it also won the Le Prix Cinecole, an award judged by teachers from across France, which award was presented by the French Minister for Education and Culture. It was announced that Amy will now be included in the senior high school curriculum in France.
Amy took $599,724 at the box office in Australia, which is equivalent to $883,616 in 2009 dollars.
Awards and nominations
- 1998, Asia-Pacific Film Festival
- Grand Jury Award for outstanding contribution to humanity, Nadia Tass
- People's Choice Awards
- Favourite Australian Movie
- 1998, Heartland Film Festival
- Crystal Heart Award, Nadia Tass & David Parker
- 1998, Australian Film Institute
- AFI Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, David Parker
- 1998, Brisbane International Film Festival
- Most Popular Film audience selection
- 1998, Australian Cinematographers Society
- Gold (shared) for Feature Productions Section, David Parker
- 1998, Australian Film Institute
- AFI Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Rachel Griffiths
- 1999, Cannes International Film Festival
- Prix de la Jeunesse, Nadia Tass
- Le Prix Cinecole, Nadia Tass
- 1999, Creteil Festival de Femmes
- Prix de Jeunesse
- Prix du Jury Graine de Cinephage
- 1999, Giffoni Film Festival
- Bronze Gryphon for Best Actress, Alana De Roma
- Golden Gryphon, Nadia Tass
- 1999, Oulu International Children's Film Festival nomination for Starboy Award, Nadia Tass
- Laon International Film Festival For Young People
- Best Film
- Prix du Jury International Jeune Public
- 1999, Australian Cinematographers Society
- Award of Distinction for Feature Productions Cinema, David Parker
- Nominated for Featured Productions Cinema
- 1999, Young Artist Awards
- nomination for Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actress Age Ten or Under, Alana De Roma
- 2000, Carrousel international du film de Rimouski
- Audience Camério, Nadia Tass
- Camerio Best Feature
- Camerio Grand Public
- Camerio Best Actress, Alana de Roma
- Camerio Best Actor, Ben Mendelsohn
- 2000, Paris Film Festival
- Public Prize, Nadia Tass
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