an abc family movie written and produced by amy talkington
starring virginia madsen and lindsay haun
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talkington wrote and produced the tv movie "brave new girl," which premiered on abc family in april, 2004.

based on the book "a mother's gift" by britney and lynne spears (who also produced), "brave new girl" is about holly lovell (lindsey haun), a small town texas girl with modest means but big dreams. we follow holly as she struggles at the prestigious haverty music conservatory in philadelphia, far from home and feeling very much a fish-out-of-water. and as if her musical education was not enough of a challenge, her flamboyant mother, wanda (oscar-nominee virginia madsen), takes a job at student cafe hangout and temporarily takes up residence in holly's dorm room.

"brave new girl" was directed by bobby roth.

for more about the movie, goto the abc family website for "brave new girl."

trt: 2 hours; 35mm; © 2003.


"the feel-good tv movie of the year... this fresh-faced spin on flashdance ends happily with a joyous musical finale that'll have you cheering. (3.5 stars out of 4)" -- star magazine

"haun's a joy to watch - especially with on-screen mom virginia madsen - and boy, can she outsing britney" -- entertainment weekly


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"brave new girl" is available on dvd at