With Mum sick and Dad's head buried in denial and his bible, Melbourne teen Phoebe 'Mull' Mullens (a brilliant Nadine Garner) has to hold down the fort. Older brother Steve (Craig Morrison) is getting into heroin, younger brother Alan (Bradley Kilpatrick) is angry at everyone and the baby of the family, Jodie (Kymara Stowers), is just clingy.
Director Don McLennan's 1980s films (Hard Knocks, Slate, Wyn and Me) are amongst the most interesting Australian social realist films of the period, especially in their portrayals of determined young women like Mull.
Garner won an AFI Award for her performance of a teenager who leads us through one tough year in her life, often via the point of view of her own diary including thoughts and words that are sometime naïve but often deeply honest.
Bill Hunter stars as Mull's father, Frank, a man struggling with his familial responsibilities. Mullaway also features early on-screen appearances by Nick Giannopoulos and Mary Coustas.
Presented in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.