Tony McNamara attended the Victorian country boarding school Assumption College as a day boy. Early in his career, he worked in the money market in Sydney and London. He also worked as a debt collector, grill cook and waiter. During a short stay in Rome he decided to become a writer.
Back in Australia, he enrolled in a writing course at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, which he failed. He then moved to Sydney where he graduated with a BA in Film and TV from the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 1996.
As well as writing plays and screenplays and directing films, he has written extensively for television, including forming part of the writing team for the television series The Secret Life of Us.
A boy who is struggling to fit into a new school and a new neighbourhood makes friends with the man next door, a retired assassin who only has months left to live and wants to make peace with his life–by killing some of his old employers.
'Puberty Blues is an Australian classic which chronicles a special moment of our history. In the early 1970s, the middle baby boomers were coming into their adolescence and early adulthood. The sexual revolution was in full flow. In America "teenagerdom" had come into its own in the sixties. It happened here in the seventies, with the arrival of drugs and the anti-Vietnam fed youth rebellion. And the wild mood finds its apotheosis in surf culture. Puberty Blues is a picture of Australian suburban life in revolution as the wild kids get their rocks off, exploring the worlds of the parents in a context where money and loans are much cheaper, divorce is much easier, full employment and prosperity abound, conventional morality is shifting and everything is endlessly possible.'
Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 20/8/2013)