Alice Bell Alice Bell i(A98160 works by)
Gender: Female
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Alice Bell wrote the script for Suburban Mayhem (2006) at age twenty-one: the script, about a teenage girl seeking to buy lifelong independence by murdering her loving father, won an AWGIE Award (for original screenplay), and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award (for screenwriting), an AFI Award (for original screenplay), and an IF Award (for best script).

Bell followed this with another script about a troubled teenage girl: the short film Violet (2010), whose protagonist is sent to a new school in the wake of a scandal about her and her teacher. The film was produced by the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).

Since 2008, Bell has contributed scripts to Rush (2008-2010), four-part anthology series Before the Rain (2010), Spirited (2011) (her script for which was nominated for an AWGIE), The Slap (2011), and Puberty Blues (2012).

Further Reference

David Stratton. 'Suburban Mayhem Interviews'. At the Movies. [No date.] ( (Sighted: 17/10/2012)

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Awards for Works

Puberty Blues [Series One, Episode Five] 2012 single work film/TV

'After a fight with her mum, Cheryl decamps to Debbie's house for a while and proves an unwelcome guest to everyone, except young David. He's falling in love. Gary and Debbie are growing closer, too, but his father Ferris is distraught when his affair folds. Debbie is unaware of the growing strain in her parents' relationship, but Gary is acutely aware of his. Meanwhile, the girls are getting bored waiting on the beach, watching the boys surf.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 20/8/2013)

2013 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Screenplay in Television
Puberty Blues 2012 series - publisher film/TV

'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)

2014 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Drama Series Nominated for series two.
2013 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2013 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2013 winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Drama Series
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