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Flirting (1989)

Director John Duigan began the coming-of-age story of Danny Embling in the wonderful The Year My Voice Broke (1987), and continues it in this even more enjoyable and moving comedy-drama, set in 1965.


Noah Taylor reprises his role as the teenage boy who moves from his small Australian outback town to an all-boys boarding school where he suffers cruel taunts at boarding school because of his nervous stammer and unsociable behaviour.

Across the lake is an all-girls school, and it is during one of the occasions where the two schools get together that he meets and falls in love with beautiful Ugandan pupil, Thandiwe (Thandie Newton, making her film debut).

A true gem, Duigan’s film is also notable for a brief appearance by Nicole Kidman, back on her native soil.

Danny Embling
Noah Taylor
Thandiwe Adjewa
Thandie Newton
Nicola Radcliffe
Nicole Kidman
“Gilby” Fryer
Bartholomew Rose
Jock Blair
Felix Nobis
“Baka” Bourke
Josh Picker
“Slag” Green
Kiri Paramore
Christopher Laidlaw
Marc Gray

John Duigan