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Puberty Blues (1981)

Australian Bruce Beresford (Breaker Morant) directed this poignant, humorous examination of adolescence.

Set in the Sydney beachside suburb of Cronulla, the film focuses on two high school girls – Deb Vickers (Nell Schofield) and Sue Knight (Jad Capelja) – who fret about popularity, fall in with the callous surfer boys of the Greenhills gang, experiment with sex and drugs and, finally, wise up.

It’s when Strach (Ned Lander) and a couple of the other surfers lure Freda (Tina Robinson) into a gang rape near the oil refinery that the girls begin to realise that all is not well in their Shire paradise.

pubertyblues2Based on the novel of the same name by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey, this subject has been thoroughly explored before, but Bruce Beresford offers a fresh and satisfying approach.

Carey and Lette had based the book on their own recent experiences growing up on the beach near Cronulla, and young audiences could recognise a lot of their own experiences in the story of Debbie and Sue.

Debbie Vickers
Nell Schofield
Sue Knight
Jad Capelja
Garry
Geoff Rhoe
Danny
Tony Hughes
Tracy
Sandy Paul
Cheryl
Leander Brett
Bruce
Jay Hackett
Strach
Ned Lander
Vicki
Joanne Olsen
Kim
Julie Medana
Glenn
Michael Shearman
Seagull
Dean Dunstone
Freda
Tina Robinson
Carol
Nerida Clark
Mrs Vickers
Kirrily Nolan
Mr Vickers
Alan Cassell
Mrs Knight
Rowena Wallace
Headmaster
Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell
Mrs Velland
Kate Sheil
Mrs Hennessy
Lynne Murphy
Mr Berkhoff
Andrew Martin
Mr Little
Brian Harrison

Director
Bruce Beresford

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