Puberty Blues

Australia, 1981

Film
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Unusually, the focus here is on the sexual and social rites of passage of two teenage girls in a male-dominated world. Debbie and Sue are accepted into the Greenhills’ gang, an elite group occupying a particular stretch of Cronulla beach. As surfie groupies Debbie and Sue are required to submit to male whims. Although the girls are proposed as subjects the film maintains a humorously ironic distance from the awfulness of the scene, particularly through the use of narration. The boys, collectively dominant, are individually consigned to the margins. Debbie and Sue are the real mates who ultimately break out of the confines of male-imposed rules. Cast includes: Nell Schofield, Jad Capelja, Geoff Rhoe, Tony Hughes. Based on the book by Cathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey.

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Credits

production company

Limelight Productions

co-producer

Joan Long

Margaret Kelly

Duration

01:23:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1981

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

300896

Language

English

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Adaptations

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Sea in motion pictures

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Adolescence

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Teenage pregnancy

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Adolescence

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Teenage girls

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Teenage girls - Sexual behavior

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Teenage pregnancy

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Peer pressure

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Puberty

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Teenage girls

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Teenage pregnancy

History → History

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Surfing

Literature → Australian literature - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

MPEG-1 Digital File - 2MB Rate; Copy

Collected

4 times

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