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  • Actors: Delta Goodrem, Saskia Burmeister, Jean Kittson, Richard Carter, Tracey Mann
  • Directors: Geoff Bennett
  • Producers: John Brousek, Elizabeth Howatt-Jackman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A5RLGG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,378 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australian coming-of-age drama. Young Erica Yurken (Saskia Burmeister) hates her embarrassing parents, her life at school, and resents the fact that no one recognises her supposed talent as an actress. When the beautiful Alison Ashley arrives at Barringa East High School, Erica's sense of superiority over everyone else suddenly takes a knock, as she realises that Alison is everything she would like to be. A bitter rivalry soon develops between the two girls.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Juliet C. on 8 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
This dvd of Hating Alison Ashley (finally brought to screen from Robin Klein's well known children's novel) is a great buy. I have to admit I was a little sceptical of it at first, but within the first ten minutes of the film my worries had certainly been forgotten.
The story focuses on Erica Yurken and her trials as a teenager struggling to fulfill her extraordinary potential and become something, preferably a wonderful actress. Things turn from bad to worse when Alison Ashley, who is rich, pretty and clever, turns up on the scene and the two become arch enemies. True, the plotline is a typical 'girls hate each other and end up becoming friends' sort of thing, but there is a lot more in this film that stands out. The totally gorgeous Delta Goodrem (Alison Ashley) plays the apparently perfect new addition to the terrible class of 9C very well and it is so fantastic to see her back at work after her illness. But the real star is Saskia Burmeister. As Erica Yerken, or Yuk as she is affectionately known, Saskia delivers line after line perfectly and will have you howling in no time. I really hope this girl goes places in the future because she is outstanding.
What impressed me most about this film was the cast of wreckless teenagers that we see as the notorious 9C. Each actor and actress has their part to play in the action and that they certainly do throughout. Every scene is so busy and the background events are almost as fascinating as what is going on in the foreground! And this amazing ensemble cast is held together by some wonderful lead roles too.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam A. Milazzo on 21 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
I love Delta Goodrem . . . listening to her music, watching her DVDs and on 'Neighbours' (when she was on) and reading about her in articles. When I found out that she was going to be in a new movie based on the 'Hating Alison Ashley' book which I had seen many times before and never read, I was excited and as I eagerly waited for its release in the meantime I read the book . . . which I must admit wasn't very exciting.
When the movie finally came out, Mum and I saw it and I thought it was fantastic!! Like most, if not all adaptations it made a few departures from the book (when doesn't that happen?), many of which was an improvement. Whereas in the book Erika immediately hates Alison "from the first moment I saw her", in the movie Erika actually tries to become friends with her, until Alison says or does something which makes Erika over-react and get defensive. Other changes are having the class 'up-graded' from 6C in the 1980's (book's setting/time of publication) to 9C today (therefore the kids are 14-15 and make references to some popularities), the role of Barry Hollis the bully is magnified, the Gym teacher is newly-created (played by Craig McLachlan), there is a lot of funny stuff with a love/hate-triangle and romance and any other changes made are mentioned in the Audio Commentary. Also, the original book had the class doing Photography, but that doesn't really make sense, since my classes and I didn't learn that until High School. But the one bit of the book that I wish was in the movie is when Alison Ashley shouts (at one of the stage-frightened kids before the play; in the movie it would have been perfect during Alison's confrontation with Erika and her attitude).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Hargreaves on 2 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
I got the film because i think delta goodrem is amazing and after seeing her in neighbours i wanted to see hating alison ashley and i got it and thought that it was amazing and it has become one of my favourite films. Also the hating alison ashley soundtrack is superb so if you haven't got it get it watch it and be amazed
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise on 25 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
Having just watched this DVD, I thought I'd see what other people had thought of it - definitely not the same opinion as me! This film was absolute and utter rubbish. The main character of Erica was egotistical, argumentative, and above all, VERY annoying! I didn't empathise with her character at all, I didn't understand her dramatics. Alison, played by Delta Goodrem, was by contrast bland and boring. Her abrupt change of heart to Erica (like to hate to best friends) was completely unbelievable and unrealistic.

I would defnitely not recommend this film to anyone - I watched it when babysitting two 11 year old girls, and both of them hated it as much as me!
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Perfect but for one major flaw 15 July 2011
By History_Girl - Published on Amazon.com
To be upfront about it I am not a fan of Australian movies - and I am an Australia. This movie though I do enjoy.

Hating Alison Ashley is based on the novel by Robin Kleine - about a pre-teen girl called Erica Yurken who dreams of being an actress. The story has been modified to instead be teenagers (around age 15) in grade 9. Erica has her dreams of being an actress but at the moment concentrates on being a hypocondriac and trying to navigate her unique family - her father is absent from the picture having taken off, her mum who works as a waiter, her older sister who has a "blackbelt in being a bitch", a brother who is lazy and is looking for the easy way out and a younger sister (who is very likeable), Jedda, who has been playing a horse for 7 years.

My favourite storyline in this movie is perhaps the developing relationship between Erica and Barry Hollis (who had only a small wrote in the book). His character is needed to keep the storyline going and his sarcasm is very well written and acted.

My biggest complaint is that Delta Goodrem is in the movie. With such a fantastic cast of new and experienced actors she really does ruin the movie. She looks a lot older than her classmates and her acting is wooden and uninteresting. Thank goodness for Saskia and Alex!

If you can bear to overlook the casting choice of Delta then you will love the film and find that there is something just a little irresistable about.
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