Puberty Blues

A friend of mine shared this blog post about Puberty Blues with me and I found it absolutely fascinating. Thanks Chloe!

Written by the cinematographer for the show; John Brawley goes to great length explaining how they created the look for the show, without making the trendy 70’s period the focus as audiences were going to connect with that anyway.   Brawley takes us through their camera choices and how they combatted the consistency of digital cameras by interesting lens choices. How they tried to free up the actors movement by not locking them into specific marks, the decision to cross shoot many scenes and film from close ups and then going wide with the coverage.

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*A WORD OF WARNING – There are many plot spoilers in this article about the TV series Puberty Blues as well as clips from the show that contain some slightly confronting material

LATE BREAKING NEWS>  Puberty Blues has just won the AACTA award for Best Television Drama.  This is Australian Televisions’ highest award and is just recognition for this outstanding drama series.

– Network Promo for Puberty Blues.

Puberty Blues is an iconic Australian book that based on a witheringly brutal and honest account of two best friends growing up in the misogynistic surf culture of Cronulla  (aka the shire) during the 1970’s.
A semi-autobiographical book by Kathy Lette and Gabriele Carey, it was made into a popular film directed by Bruce Baresford of the same title that was released in 1981.

Puberty Blues is incredibly widely read and known, with most Australians being familiar with either the…

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