DIRECTOR Louise Alston hopes her latest film Back of the Net will bring out everyone’s inner 11 year old.
“It’s a nice story about friendship and it’s also a romantic comedy,” she said.
The film follows American teenager Cory, played by Disney actor Sofia Wylie, who travels to Australia to attend the Harold Science Academy Semester at Sea, only to get on the wrong bus at Sydney airport and find herself at the Harold Soccer Academy instead.
Cory soon finds friends in her three female roommates, a nemesis in top soccer student Edie, played by Tiarnie Coupland known for her roles in Love Child and Worst Year of My Life Again! and a romantic interest in Oliver, played by Trae Robin.
Although Cory’s soccer skills leave a lot to be desired, she discovers her in-depth knowledge of science gives her a unique ability to help her friends come together and succeed.
“I ended up with a lot of dancer actors because I knew that they had a real sense of their bodies,” Alston said.
“I was right with that instinct because they were really able to play around with that physical stuff.
“And Sofia brought some really great physical comedy, she has some hilarious moments.”
Alston was working in LA when she first read the script.
“I said to my husband, ‘this is my movie; I played hockey so I was a teenage sports girl’,” she said.
She said having a female director’s eye on this type of film was important.
“[Sofia] has a huge following and this film is made for those girls,” she said.
“A film can’t help but express the personality of the director because there are a million different decisions about what goes into the production.
“And if it’s a woman making those choices you just know, all of that comes out in a world view.
“Some of the guys on the crew in pre-production said about the girls, but can they play soccer?
“And I was saying of course they will, and then afterwards in the edit they were like, ‘I can’t believe they can play soccer’.”
Back of the Net is in cinemas from April 18.