The secret of the Alibrandis

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German title The secret of the Alibrandis
Original title Looking for Alibrandi
Country of production Australia
original language English
Publishing year 2000
length 103 minutes
Director Kate Woods
script Melina Marchetta
production Robyn Kershaw
music Alan John
camera Toby Oliver
cut Martin Connor

The Secret of the Alibrandis (Original title: Looking for Alibrandi ) is an Australian drama from 2000 . Directed by Kate Woods , the screenplay was written by Melina Marchetta based on her own novel.


Josie Alibrandi is about to graduate from school and has a difficult relationship with her single mother Christina. She also fell out with her Italian grandmother Katia, who often criticized Josie's absent father Michael. Josie's classmate Carly Bishop bullies her because of her parentage and describes her as a "bastard". Then Josie freaks out and breaks her nose with a book. Josie's father Michael, who has recently reappeared, helps her settle the matter. Then he befriends Josie and teaches her to drive.

She is less fortunate in love at first, as John Barton, with whom she is in love, commits suicide. Josie makes a new boyfriend, Jacob Coote, but doesn't want to have sex with him.

Grandmother Katia reveals to Josie that Christina's real father is not an Italian, but an Anglo-Saxon. For the sake of the family, Katia did not divorce her Italian husband. Josie persuades her grandmother to tell Christina as well - who later says that she already suspected it.

The film ends with a party attended by Josie, Jacob, Christina, Michael and Katia, among others.


Luke Buckmaster wrote in In Film Australia on May 20, 2000 that the film shows a multicultural Australia. His second half of the film has a worse pace than the first, but the result is not bad overall ( "It's not a bad effort, even if the first half of Looking for Alibrandi demonstrates a good crackling pace and the second, a rather flattened pace" ) . The characters are not depicted flat.

Film-Dienst wrote, The secret of the Alibrandis is a "sensitive and humorous film about growing up" .


The film received five Australian Film Institute Awards in 2000 : for best film , for the screenplay, for portraying Pia Miranda and Greta Scacchi, and for editing. He was nominated for the same award in four other categories, including directing. Toby Oliver was nominated for an IF Award in 2000.

Melina Marchetta and Greta Scacchi received the 2001 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award . Six other nominations for the same award included those for Pia Miranda, Elena Cotta, Anthony LaPaglia, and Best Picture .


The film was shot in Sydney and a few other locations in New South Wales . He came into the Australian cinema in which he approximately 8.3 million on 4 May 2000 Australian dollars grossed. The film has been shown at a number of film festivals, including the UK's Commonwealth Film Festival on June 30, 2002 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Film review by Luke Buckmaster, accessed on February 27, 2008 ( Memento of the original from March 22, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ The Secret of the Alibrandis in the Lexicon of International Films,Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used accessed on February 27, 2008
  3. Locations for Looking for Alibrandi, accessed February 27, 2008
  4. ^ Opening dates for Looking for Alibrandi, accessed February 27, 2008
  5. ^ Box office results for Looking for Alibrandi, accessed February 27, 2008