Amy (1997 film)

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Directed by Nadia Tass
Produced by Nadia Tass
David Parker
Written by David Parker
Starring Alana De Roma
Rachel Griffiths
Ben Mendelsohn
Nick Barker
Music by Philip Judd
Cinematography David Parker
Edited by Bill Murphy
Cascade Films
Film Victoria
Distributed by Roadshow Home Video
Village Roadshow
World Wide Motion Pictures Corp.
Release dates
12 September 1997 (1997-09-12) (Athens)
27 August 1998 (1998-08-27)
Running time
104 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Box office A$599,724 (Australia)

Amy is a 1997 Australian film written by David Parker and directed by Nadia Tass, starring Alana De Roma in the title role, Rachel Griffiths, Ben Mendelsohn, and Nick Barker.[1][2][3]


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".[4][5][6]


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.

Major cast[edit]

Partial additional cast


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.[7][8] 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.[5] 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."[1] 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."[9]

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.[10]

Box Office[edit]

Amy took $599,724 at the box office in Australia,[11] which is equivalent to $883,616 in 2009 dollars.

Awards and nominations[edit]


  • Variety: link
  • eFilmCritic: link
  • Haro-Online: link
  • Steve Baker's Film Review: link
  • Metacritic: link

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gelder, Lawrence (18 May 2001). "'Amy': On a Bumpy Road to Recovery". New York Times. Retrieved 9 April 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Amy (2001)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Amy (2001)". Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "AMY - ON LOCATION". Urban Cinefile. August 1998. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Nadia Tass, Amy (1998)". RMIT University Australian and New Zealand film history database. Archived from the original on 9 May 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Interview with Nadia Tass", Signis, 31 May 1996, 31 August 1998, 3-4 November 1998 accessed 21 November 2012
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Awards won by Australian features (titles ‘A–B’) 1998–2000". Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c "Amy (1998) Awards". Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  9. ^ Nechak, Paula (14 December 2001). "Nebulous plot treatment mars dated Aussie film". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Australian Films Win Three Cannes Film Festival Prizes". Australian Film Commission. 24 May 1999. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office

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