Directed, written and produced by Clay Glen, Going for Gold follows 17-year-old Emma, played by American actress Kelli Berglund (Raising the Bar, Lab Rats, pictured), as the daughter of a USA Air Force officer that is moved to South Australia. After leaving her cheerleading friends back home, she discovers a small but growing competitive cheerleading culture down under and begins to recruit an eclectic team to try to win the State championships.
Going for Gold is produced by Glenpictures and reunites creatives from Glen’s previous films, Raising the Bar and A Second Chance. MarVista Entertainment commissioned the feature.
Berglund previously worked with Glen on 2016’s Raising the Bar and is known for her work on television with Disney.
“Shooting these family genre films in Adelaide is perfect,” Glen said. “With easy access around the city and superb locations, plus add in outstanding crew, the production values achieved are well beyond the budget. South Australian Film Corporation are tremendously supportive and have assisted in making the slate of family films possible.”
“Clay Glen’s approach to this series of film is to truly focus on a significant and specific audience in the global marketplace,” said Annabelle Sheehan, CEO of the South Australia Film Corporation. “He combines a strong sense of commercial imperatives with his creative work as a writer/director.”
Pinnacle Films are set to distribute in Australia and New Zealand.