When asked to have a look
at Back of the Net, my main
motivation for doing so was a chance to interview the films director, Louise
Alston (My first ever interview). In fact, I jumped at the chance. I love
films, I want to be involved however I can, even if it’s from the outside
looking in. Back of the Net may not
generally my type of film, and as I told Louise during the interview, I planned
on watching the film with my 10-year-old daughter to see her reactions. However,
I finished work at 9pm all week and didn’t get the chance to watch it with her,
so I didn’t get to see what I presume to be the target audience for the film, and
instead I ended up getting up at 6.30am on my day off to watch it before my
impending interview. I’m happy to say though, I didn’t get the chance to watch
it with my daughter, and here’s why:
Back of the Net revolves around science-lover Cory Bailey (Sofia
Wylie) whom is supposed to fly to Sydney to attend a semester aboard one of the
most advanced research vessels in existence. However, when she arrives, she
catches the wrong bus and ends up at a Soccer Academy. Cory is not the sporty
type and is bullied by the highly admired soon-to-be-nemesis Edie (Tiarni
Coupland). But with the help of science and the few friends that she makes,
Cory begins to fit in just fine.
I cannot say enough positive
things about this film. I enjoyed Back of
the Net immensely and can’t find any reason at all to say a bad word about
it. What I loved the most about Back of
the Net is the dialogue written by Alison Spuck McNeeley and Casie Tabanou.
It’s funny, clever, and completely believable. In short, its kids being kids.
The characters are brilliantly
developed, with everyone from good girl Cory to nemesis Edie, to Coach Smith
(Kate Box), giving rich material for the actors to dig into. Performances are
playful and fun across the board. Up and coming star Sofia Wylie is also great
in the role of Cory. She is currently a regular on Disney’s Andi Mack with
several other Disney credits to her name, so it looks like the young star won’t
be slowing down anytime soon.
Back of the Net has a certain kind of buzz to it. Director Louise
Alston manages to bring the necessary spark to McNeeley and Tabanou’s script,
giving it the warmth that every feel good movie should have. On top of this,
thanks to Sofia Wylie’s performance, you’re fully on board with Cory for every
step of the way, helping make the desire to see Cory succeed feel completely
Primed for a release at the beginning of the school holidays, Back of the Net is the perfect opportunity to get the whole family out of the house and down to the cinema to support a great Australian family film. The kids will love the quirky and fun characters while the parents can sit back, have a laugh and enjoy a trip out as a family.
Director: Louise Alston Cast: Sofia Wylie, Christopher Kirby, Melissa Bonne Writers: Alison Spuck McNeeley, Casie Tabanou
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