A television adaptation of the 1979 Australian novel of the same name. Written by Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette, the feminist teen novel chronicles the lives of two 13-year-old girls from Sydney's Sutherland Shire who join the "Greenhill gang" surfers in an attempt to gain popularity.
In 1981, the book was made into a film, directed by Bruce Beresford, with the girls' age changed to 16 for censorship reasons.
Status: To Be Determined
Runtime: 45 minutes
Puberty Blues - Puberty Blues (TV series) - Netflix
Puberty Blues is an Australian coming-of-age comedy-drama television series broadcast on Network Ten. It is based on the 1979 book by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey, which was also the inspiration for the 1981 film Puberty Blues. Set during the late 1970s, the series revolves around the family and friends of Debbie and Sue, two inseparable teenage friends who are progressing through the coming of age process. The first series of eight episodes began airing from 15 August 2012. A second series was later confirmed and premiered on 5 March 2014.
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Network Ten released the first episode exclusively to Facebook users who liked the official Puberty Blues page prior to the premiere. Graeme Blundell from The Australian praised the first episodes and stated “And, like the book, the series is racy, confronting, often quite brutal, heartbreaking and coruscatingly entertaining. It sparkles even as it disturbingly illuminates a culture of adolescence that seems not so much dated as distressingly contemporary.” Craig Mathieson of The Sydney Morning Herald wrote “Puberty Blues is good. Really good. What's perhaps been most interesting about the series, set as it is about 35 years back, is just how dark it is. No, this is not Mad Men, far from it, but the folks behind Puberty Blues have cultivated a surprisingly opaque picture of late-1970s Australia.” Mathieson's colleague, Melinda Houston, gave the series a mixed review, saying “That combination of anticipation and ennui is something this version of Puberty Blues has captured beautifully. Unfortunately, it doesn't always make for gripping telly, especially prime-time commercial telly. We, too, tend to sit there waiting, waiting, fidgeting, waiting – and suffocating just a bit.” Houston explained that the inclusion of the parents' stories felt like a distraction, despite the good performances from the cast. However, the critic added that Puberty Blues is not “a failure by any means. It's certainly a handsome piece, from the opening credits to the pitch-perfect interiors.”
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