Cinema Run for Aussie Comedy Standing Up for Sunny

I caught the brilliant comedy Standing Up for Sunny at Cinefest Oz and found myself crying with laughter. It’s a brilliant, genuinely hilarious film. I managed to see it with a full audience, and they all appreciated the humour and joy it created.

Now, thankfully, this wonderful film that features Breaking Bad‘s RJ Mitte in the lead role, as well as a fantastic breakout performance from Philippa Northeast, is getting a run of theatrical screenings around Australia.

Check out my review for the film here, and then check out the press release below:


See Pictures and Ticket To Ride are proud to announce the opening of ‘Standing Up For Sunny’ in limited release in Australia Cinemas from December 5, 2019.

A special ‘Opening Night’ Red Carpet and filmmaker Q&A screening will take place at Dendy Newtown on December 5th and will be followed by Q&A screening events in Port Macquarie on the 6th of December, and Brisbane on the 7th of December.

The Backlot Perth will be hosting a series of fan-force screenings from December 18, 2019.

BREAKING BAD’s RJ Mitte stars in this charming Australian rom-com about a loner with cerebral palsy who is roped into helping a comedian (Philippa Northeast) overcome her shyness. Mitte gives an empowering performance as Travis, a young man living in a ramshackle Sydney rental whose disability contributes to his social isolation and anger management issues. When he loses his maintenance job after lashing out at bullies, Travis ends up in a pub, where he puts his withering sarcasm to good use defending Sunny – a reluctant up-and-comer on the comedy circuit – from a sexist heckler. Soon Mikey (Sam Reid), the pub’s owner and Sunny’s overbearing boyfriend, hires Travis to help train Sunny in the art of the comeback, and naturally sparks ensue – along with romance and laughs aplenty. STANDING UP FOR SUNNY is a lively comedy with plenty to say about living with disability and discrimination.

The film also includes Radha Mitchell, Barry Humphries, Arj Barker, Akmal Saleh and Becky Lucas. The film was written and directed by Steve Vidler (Black Rock).

The trailer and further information can be found at:

People can also ‘fan-force’ their own screening at:

Critics say:

“Breaking good: ‘Sunny’ is a gem you should find” – Newsworthy

“A genuinely hilarious treat of a film” – The Curb

“…funny, fast paced and a heartwarming story” – FilmInk

Andrew F Peirce

Andrew is passionate about Australian film and culture. He is the co-chair of the Australian Film Critics Association, a Golden Globes voter, and the author of two books on Australian film, The Australian Film Yearbook - 2021 Edition, and Lonely Spirits and the King. You can find him online trying to enlist people into the cult of Mac and Me.

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