Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)

  • Drama, Coming of age, JIFF
  • 1h 41m

Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger is a hilarious coming of age comedy that explores what it’s really like to be an outsider in your own world. Esther (DANIELLE CATANZARITI) is not like other girls; she befriends a duck, talks to God through the toilet and break dances at her Bat-Mitzvah. Her school is a daily torment of mind-numbing conformity and bell ringing rituals. Home is a pressure cooker driven by her mother Grace’s (ESSIE DAVIS) demand for perfection. But life changes when Esther meets uber hip Sunni, (KEISHA CASTLE HUGHES) and her off beat single mother Mary (TONI COLLETTE) and slips out of her oppressive all girls private school and into a public one under the guise of a foreign exchange student. She learns that it’s ok to be different and that being true to yourself is more important than fitting in.

On Sunday 15th November at 7pm join ‘Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger’ cast and crew, including writer/director Cathy Randall, producer Miriam Stein and lead actor Danielle Catanzariti (who plays Esther Blueburger) for a live in-conversation event with Erin Rosenberg, manager of the Jewish International Film Festival. Registration is free but essential here.

Director

Cathy Randall

Producer

Miriam Stein

Language(s)

English

Bonus Content

2 mins
Behind the scenes

Commissioned by MTV, this behind-the-scenes video follows ‘Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger’ stars Danielle Catanzariti and Keisha Castle-Hughes.