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form y separately published work icon Puberty Blues single work   film/TV  
Adaptation of Puberty Blues Kathy Lette , Gabrielle Carey , 1979 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 1981... 1981 Puberty Blues
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Debbie and Sue are accepted into Greenhill Beach's gang, an elite group of teenagers occupying a particular stretch of Cronulla beachfront. As surfie groupies, Debbie and Sue find out that they are expected to submit to male whims and play out 'strange' rituals, such as not eating or going to the bathroom when a boy is around. The girls' life mainly consists of doing what everyone else does: watching the boys surf, having sex with them (in the back seat of cars and at home-alone parties), and getting drunk. The narrative maintains a humorously ironic distance from the awfulness of the scene, particularly through the use of narration. The boys, though portrayed as collectively dominant, are individually consigned to the margins, while Debbie and Sue ultimately break out of the confines of male-imposed rules.

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Great Aussie Female Movie Characters Erin Free , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 8 March 2019;
Puberty Blues - Then and Now: Diffracting Semblances of Being Girl in Australia Melissa Joy Wolfe , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Feminist Media Studies , 06 October vol. 17 no. 3 2016; (p. 489-504)

This paper attempts a diffractive analysis that reads Bruce Beresford’s Australian populist film Puberty Blues (1981) through the more recent (2012) Channel 10 eight-part series television of the same title. The purpose of this experimental analysis is to notice ways both of these filmic artefacts re/enact gendered semblances performatively, co- creating binary gender relations through Baradian intra-actions with a virtual audience (in the perpetual present). This paper is not a historical account of the texts and/or a review of the substantial literature connected to either text or television/film production in Australia. It attempts to conduct a non-representational analysis as a reading through of the texts with each other. What is significant is the process of examining “how different differences get made, what gets excluded, and how those exclusions matter” (Karen Barad 2007, 30) during inter-action with filmic text and viewer. This manoeuvre posits that by re/turning events as iterative interactions visibility of materiality in the making may be rendered visible. By understanding intra-active processes educators may be able to frustrate delimiting accounts of girlhood as just the way it is and rather utilise these texts to open up other imaginaries of affirmative difference.

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Rewind : The Making of Puberty Blues Erin Free , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 13 August 2016;
(Sweet) Sixteen Great Australian Teen Films Erin Free (editor), 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 20 May 2016;
On and Off the Beach : Puberty Blues on Film Elizabeth McMahon , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 378-384)
Untitled Phillip King , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , March vol. 1 no. 1 2006;

— Review of Puberty Blues Margaret Kelly , 1981 single work film/TV
Puberty Blues Daniel Mudie Cunningham , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , October-December no. 33 2004;

— Review of Puberty Blues Margaret Kelly , 1981 single work film/TV
'Puberty Blues' Recalled, 23 Years On Gillian Lord , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 January 2005; (p. 9)
Australian Beach Culture : Puberty Blues Revisited Nell Schofield , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Papers , Autumn vol. 17 no. 2 2005; (p. 35-44)
Discusses the resurgence of interest in the cult film Puberty Blues and the way in which beach culture has changed in Australia since it was made in 1981.
y separately published work icon Puberty Blues Nell Schofield , Sydney : Currency Press ScreenSound Australia , 2004 Z1354318 2004 single work criticism

'Bruce Beresford's Puberty Blues is a funny and poignant film that still speaks to the teenage audience as it honestly and sensitively deals with some of the central trials and temptations of growing up. The author recounts her experiences as the star of the film and what it was like filming the book by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey.' (Source: Libraries Australia).

'Schofield recalls how she won the role of Debbie and what it was like on the set. She looks at the parallels between the film, the book and her own surfside teenage years, and at the extraordinary responses to the film, both on its release and since.' - Back cover

Chicks on Sticks in Flicks : Women, Surfing, Celluloid Paul Scott , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies , January vol. 10 no. 1 2006; (p. 77-106)
'This article seeks to examine and analyse the manner in which three coming-of-age or rites-of-passage films - Gidget (1959), Puberty Blues (1981) and Blue Crush (2002) - seek to portray the relationship between female adolescence and surfing. In a sport that remains predominantly white, middle class and male - recreationally, professionally and in its key representations - these three films provide historians and cultural analysts with a suitable terrain to explore that relationship through focusing a lens on the interaction between content and context. Surfing's relationship to sex and gender appears to crash on to the shore of popular culture in waves of inconsistency, contradiction and extremes. Scholarly issues, female adolescence, patriarchal anxiety and the shifting significance of the surfing lifestyle.' (Paul Scott).
When the Sun Sets over Suburbia : Class and Subculture in Bruce Beresford's Puberty Blues Lesley Speed , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies , vol. 20 no. 3 2006; (p. 407 - 418)
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