×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Puberty Blues

Puberty Blues is a leisurely, entertaining tale about a group of teenagers fumbling, fighting and fretting their way through adolescence.

With:
Nell Schofield Jad Capelja Geoff Rhoe Tony Hughes Sandy Paul

Puberty Blues is a leisurely, entertaining tale about a group of teenagers fumbling, fighting and fretting their way through adolescence.

Puberty Blues is based on a book of the same name, published in 1979, by Sydney teenagers Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey, who also wrote for local newspapers and magazines under the intriguing pseudonym, the Salami Sisters.

Set in the middle-class suburb of Cronulla, one of Sydney’s southern beaches, the story focusses on Debbie and Sue, two girls of fairly average looks, intelligence and upbringing. Opening passages show them falling in with one of the school gangs, cheating in exams, smoking in the toilets, getting drunk, and pairing off with boyfriends.

Film gains more momentum when Debbie fears she is pregnant, her boyfriend Garry cannot cope, he seeks refuge in heroin, and dies of an overdose. To offset the bleakness, the pic is laced with Debbie’s witty observations and humorous interludes.

Working with a young, inexperienced cast, Beresford has drawn some remarkable performances. Nell Schofield, 17, is particularly impressive as Debbie, an intuitive player with tangible screen presence.

Puberty Blues

Australia

Production: Limelight. Director Bruce Beresford; Producer John Long, Margaret Kelly; Screenplay Margaret Kelly; Camera Don McAlpine; Editor Bill Anderson; Music Les Gock; Art Director David Copping

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: Nell Schofield Jad Capelja Geoff Rhoe Tony Hughes Sandy Paul

More Film

  • Contract Placeholder Business

    Hollywood Agents Blast Writers Guild Over New Proposals

    The war between the Writers Guild of America and Hollywood agents has escalated as the two sides battle over the rules on how writers are represented. The latest volley emerged Friday from Karen Stuart, president of the Association of Talent Agents, who accused WGA leaders of misleading its members and asserted that the guild leaders [...]

  • Xavier Legrand Custody

    Cesar Awards: Xavier Legrand’s ‘Custody’ Wins Best Film

    Xavier Legrand’s feature debut “Custody,” a tense portrait of a family torn by domestic violence, won best film, actress (for Lea Drucker), and original screenplay at the 44th Cesar Awards, which took place at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. The awards are France’s highest film honors. “Custody,” which marks Legrand’s follow up to his Oscar-nominated [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    'Crazy Rich Asians,' 'Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Win Publicity Campaign Awards

    Hollywood publicists have selected “Crazy Rich Asians” as the top movie publicity campaign for 2018 and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” as the best television campaign. Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians” topped the campaigns for Disney’s “Black Panther,” Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Paramount’s “A Quiet Place,” Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and Universal’s “Halloween” for [...]

  • How the 'Rich Eisen Show' Mixes

    How the 'Rich Eisen Show' Mixes Sports and Showbiz in an Entertaining Mix

    Walking through the El Segundo studio where veteran sportscaster Rich Eisen tapes his daily “Rich Eisen Show,” the sheer density of sports memorabilia is overwhelming — everything from game balls to jerseys, gear, autographs and uncountable photos are crammed onto every inch of wall and desk space. But step into Eisen’s dressing room, and the [...]

  • Tessa Thompson Nnamdi Asomugha

    Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha to Star in 'Sylvie'

    Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha are set to star in the feature film “Sylvie.” Eugene Ashe has written the screenplay and will direct with production currently underway. The film is described as a love story set in the cool jazz era of New York City in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s. Sylvie (played by Thompson) meets aspiring [...]

  • Night Fury dragon Toothless and Hiccup

    Box Office: 'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Soaring to $50 Million-Plus Launch

    “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is soaring toward a $53 million launch weekend at 4,259 North American locations, early estimates showed on Friday. That estimate is well above Universal’s forecast in the $40 million range at 4,259 sites — and ahead of its predecessors, 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” which made [...]

  • Actors With Disabilities Deserve a Hollywood

    Dreaming of a Hollywood Ending for Actors With Disabilities (Guest Column)

    Picture a world in which an actor with a disability wins an Academy Award. Sadly, that storyline remains no more than a Hollywood fantasy. In recent years, the #OscarsSoWhite trending hashtag campaign has shed light on the lack of diversity in the movie industry. Yet ahead of this year’s Oscars on Feb. 24, society’s definition [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content