The Sydney Morning Herald (2006)
Sunny time for Collette
January 23, 2006 | Written by Garry Maddox
Toni Collette's latest movie has become one of the first hits of the Sundance Film Festival.

The entertainment newspaper Variety has reported that the premiere of Little Miss Sunshine "went over like gangbusters, capped by a standing ovation".

An overnight bidding war followed for the dark comedy about a dysfunctional family travelling in an old bus to take a seven-year-old to a beauty pageant in California. Little Miss Sunshine sold for worldwide distribution to Fox Searchlight, for $US10.5million ($13.9 million).

Describing the movie as "a hugely commercial family comedy", The Hollywood Reporter said it was a record price paid for a film at the festival. It was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, a husband and wife team who have made music videos.