Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger

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Sometimes to fit in you have to stand out. Hey, Hey It's Esther Blueburger is a hilarious coming of age comedy that explores what it's really like to be an outsider in your own world. Esther (newcomer Danielle Catanzariti) is not like other girls; she befriends a duck, talks to God through the toilet and break-dances at her bat-mitzvah. Her school is a daily torment of mind-numbing conformity and bell-ringing rituals. Home is a pressure cooker driven by her mother Grace's (Essie Davis) demand for perfection. But life changes when Esther meets uber hip Sunni, (Keisha Castle- Hughes) and her off beat single mother Mary (Toni Collette) and slips out of her oppressive all-girls private school and into a public one under the guise of a foreign exchange student. She learns that it's ok to be different and that being true to yourself is more important than fitting in.

Press

"IT'S HIGHLY ENTERTAINING WITH A GREAT SOUNDTRACK MAKING IT THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR A HIT WITH EVERY TEENAGE GIRL. MEAN GIRLS WITH HEART."
- AIN'T IT COOL NEWS


"THIS CHARMING, HIGHLY-ACCOMPLISHED FIRST FEATURE WILL GLADDEN THE HEARTS OF PARENTS EVERYWHERE LOOKING FOR A FILM TO WATCH WITH THEIR PRE-TEENS...FUNNY AND HONEST. THE DIALOGUE AND SITUATIONS ARE ALSO OFTEN JUST DOWNRIGHT HILARIOUS AND OCCASIONALLY OUTRAGEOUS."
- SCREEN DAILY


" THE PERFORMANCES ARE DELICIOUS. TONI COLLETTE'S AMAZING. DIMINUTIVE DANIELLE CATANZARITI IS TERRIFIC AS IS KEISHA CASTLE-HUGHES. THIS WAS A VER INTRIGUING FILM... THIS CHEERFUL COMEDY"
- AT THE MOVIES


". THIS IS A MUST-NOT-MISS, CHARMING, DELIGHTFUL, AND WONDERFULLY FUNNY AND VERY HUMAN EXPLORATION OF TEENAGE GIRLS, ADOLESCENCE AND THE CHALLANGES PRESENTED TO US -- ESPECIALLY AS TEENS -- WHEN WE ARE WHO WE ARE."
- MR. MOVIE, TRI-CITY HERALD


" IT IS A DEFINITE MUST SEE. AN INTELLIGENT AND PROVOCATIVE FILM. RANDALL'S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT IS AN IMMENSE SUCCESS WORTHY OF HIGH PRAISE. EXTREMELY WELL ACTED."
- FILM THREAT


" A QUIRKY AND QUITE ENJOYABLE COMING OF AGE SAGA. THE FILM BELONGS TO DANIELLE CATANZARITI AND HER DELIGHTFUL BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE AS ESTHER. ESTHER BLUEBURGER, THE ADORABLE YOUNG LADY, IS A WINNER."
- BOXOFFICE.COM


" AS IT'S NOT THE TYPE OF FILM TO TRADITIONALLY WIN AWARDS, HEARTS AND LAUGHS WILL HAVE TO DO... ENTERTAINING AND ENGAGING. THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN THE TWIN SIBLINGS IS TRULY FANTASTIC."
- MOVING PICTURES MAGAZINE


" 1/2. ESTHER BLUEBURGER IS THAT RARE TEENAGE FILM BEAST - ONE KIDS WILL ENJOY BUT WHICH ALSO HAS ENOUGH HEART AND GOOD SENSE TO WIN PARENTAL APPROVAL. THIS IS CHARMING, FUNNY AND TEAR - JERKY IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES. IF YOU'RE SICK OF HOLLYWOOD TEEN MOVIES THAT CAN'T SEE PAST THE END OF THEIR NEXT TUBE OF LIP GLOSS, THIS AUSSIE ALTERNATIE IS WELL WORTH CHECKING OUT"
- EYEFORFILM.CO.UK


" THERE ARE A LOT OF HIGH EXPECTATIONS PLACED ON THE OPENING NIGHT SELECTION OF THE SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL, WHERE A PACKED HOUSE OF MORE THAN 1,000 MOVIEGOERS RING IN THE OLDEST AND LARGEST FILM FESTIVAL OF ITS KIND. HEY HEY IT'S ESTHER BLUEBURGER HIT A HOME RUN FOR US. IT'S A FUNNY, SMART MOVIE ABOUT A FUNNY, SMART GIRL, A COMING-OF-AGE STORY THAT MANAGES TO BE TENDER AND SHARP AT THE SAME TIME. OUR AUDIENCES TALKED IT UP SO THAT REPEAT SCREENINGS WERE SOLD OUT TOO. IT WAS A DELIGHT TO PRESENT"
- PETER L. STEIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL


" A WONDERFUL COMING-OF-AGE COMEDY FROM AUSTRALIA THAT YOU CAN'T HELP BUT LOVE. I HAD A WONDERFUL TIME WATCHING THIS MOVIE. IT'S WITTY AND CREATIVE."
- FINE-ART-MATTERS.COM


" IT'S HEART, HUMOR AND EXCELLENT ACTING ALLOW THE FAMILIAR STORY TO FEEL FRESH. WRITER . DIRECTOR CATHY RANDALL INJECTS IT WITH INTELLIGENCE, REALISM AND GENTLE HUMOR."
- LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR


" THIS FILM IS A SMART, RUEFUL AND DEAD-ON PORTRAIT OF LIFE'S UNENDING QUEST TO FIT IN"
- META CRITIC


" A SWEET NATURED COMEDY FOR GIRLS AGED FIVE TO 90."
- TIME OUT SYDNEY


HEY HEY IT'S ESTHER BLUEBURGER IS AN AWKWARDLY CHARMING COMING-OF-AGE STORY"
- INFILM, AUSTRALIA


" TERRIFIC PERFORMANCES BY ITS CAST, ESPECIALLY FROM YOUNG ACTRESS DANIELLE CATANZARITI WHO IS EXCEPTIONAL IN HER FILM DEBUT, AND MORE THAN HOLDS UP TO OSCAR NOMINEES KEISHA CASTLE HUGHES AND TONI COLLETTE, WHO ARE BOTH VERY GOOD."
- MEDIASERCH, AUSTRALIA


" OVERALL IT'S A SWEET ENCOUNTER AND ONE THAT IS AS UNEXPECTED AS THE FILM'S TITLE"
- URBAN CINEFILE, AUSTRALIA

Filmmaker Website

http://heyheythemovie.com/

cast crew

Written & Directed by: Cathy Randall

Starring: Danielle Catanzariti, Academy Award Nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes, Academy Award Nominee Toni Collette

Photos

"Hey Hey, It's Esther Blueburger"