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No-nonsense Shaz inspires family to dream

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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Starring: Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia, Rebecca Gibney, Lily Sullivan, Bethany Whitmore, Malorie O'Neill, Chelsea Bennett, Nicole Freeman and Liev Schreiber

Director: PJ Hogan

Politician Barry Moochmore (Anthony LaPaglia) is horrified when his wife Shirley (Rebecca Gibney) suffers a mental breakdown and retreats into a fantasy world created around her favourite musical, The Sound Of Music. With five daughters to keep in line, Barry hires ballsy Shaz (Toni Collette) to oversee day-to-day life in the family home.

Initially, Shaz strikes fear into the hearts of Coral (Lily Sullivan), Jane (Bethany Whitmore), Kayleen (Chelsea Bennett), Leanne (Nicole Freeman) and Michelle (Malorie O'Neill) with her no-nonsense attitude.

The Moochmore girls gradually draw strength and inspiration from Shaz and they follow her unconventional counsel to chase their dreams and find true love, while Shaz sparks a fiery relationship with shark hunter Trevor Blundell (Liev Schreiber).

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