Candice (Daisy Axon) is a twelve-year-old girl with boundless optimism and a family in disarray – but that won’t deter her, she knows “happiness takes time, but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep trying to plant the seed.

” Her family is struggling: Mum (Emma Booth) has been living with depression since the death of Candice’s baby sister, while Dad (Richard Roxburgh) and his brother – beloved Rich Uncle Brian (Joel Jackson) – are not on speaking terms. As she faces the uncertainties of growing up with the help of her new friend Douglas Benson (Wesley Patten), Candice hatches a variety of outlandish schemes to make her nearest and dearest happy again. John Sheedy makes his feature debut with this buoyant coming-of-age tale, adapted from Barry Jonsberg’s acclaimed young adult novel. This is a warm-hearted hug of a film, unafraid to tackle serious themes while also taking happiness very seriously.

Laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a sweetly uplifting and charming film for the whole family.