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form y separately published work icon The Boys single work   film/TV  
Adaptation of The Boys Gordon Graham , 1991 single work drama
Issue Details: First known date: 1998... 1998 The Boys
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Text Unit Name Institution Year
form y separately published work icon The Boys Stephen Sewell , ( dir. Rowan Woods ) Surry Hills : Arenafilm , 1998 Z917499 1998 single work film/TV (taught in 1 units)

Inspired in part by Sydney nurse Anita Cobby, who was gang raped, tortured and murdered by five men who kidnapped her as she waited for a bus to take her home late one night, The Boys takes the viewer into the world of a violent and dysfunctional family controlled by the intelligent, malevolent, violent, and manipulative eldest son.

After being released from a twelve-month prison sentence, Brett Sprague returns to his mother's suburban Sydney home and the tension within the family rises almost immediately. His mother tries to keep the peace, only to see her three sons turn on her new boyfriend. The narrative climaxes when after eighteen hours of drinking and fighting, the boys go out and cruise the streets, looking for trouble. It is then that they see a girl waiting for a bus on her own.

[Source: Australian Screen]
Australian Masculinities: Reading Gender, Sex and Culture University of New South Wales 2009 (Semester 1)
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