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Titles tagged with ‘bullying’

21 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

1970s

The Removalists feature film – 1975

The story is a savage microcosm of Australia, rather than just a look at the then-topical issue of police hypocrisy and brutality.

The Getting of Wisdom feature film – 1978

The affair between two school girls was only hinted at in Henry Handel Richardson’s 1910 novel, but lesbian overtones are obvious in the film.

1980s

I Can Jump Puddles television program – 1981

Based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Alan Marshall, this story of struggle and courage has become a classic Australian tale.

Mail Order Bride television program – 1984

A hard-hitting drama about racism, sexism and xenophobia in a small country town.

Winners – Top Kid television program – 1985

A compelling moral drama, made more powerful by its refusal to deal in absolutes, Top Kid draws on the real-life rigging of top American quiz shows in the 1950s.

The Year My Voice Broke feature film – 1987

This comedy-drama is both a nostalgic memoir of growing up in the countryside and a shocking denunciation of its values.

Touch the Sun – Devil’s Hill television program – c1988

With his gap-toothed smile and great integrity, Badge is the delightful hero of this adventure story based on the classic Australian children’s novel.

1990s

Flirting feature film – 1990

In 1965 a rebellious private schoolboy finds his romantic soulmate in an African pupil from the neighbouring girls’ school.

Round the Twist – Series Two – Next Time Round television program – 1992

The second series introduced new actors in many key roles but the change of cast didn’t have any impact on the popularity of Round the Twist.

Correlli – Rat Tamer television program – 1995

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness star in a drama about a psychologist and her relationships with the staff and inmates of an all-male prison.

Cousin short film – 1998

The biography of a cousin, his special arm, pet rocks and shopping trolley.

Has Beans short film – 1998

In this animated short film, bullying and revenge lead to annihilation.

2000s

Harvie Krumpet short film – 2003

Adam Elliot combines darkness and humour, tragedy and triumph, Alzheimer’s and living life to the full, so that we may learn more about what it means to be human.

If Only – Series 1 Episode 3 television program – 2003

More 'if only’ stories, including a young single mother who found and then lost her birth mother and a woman who suffered at the hands of the school bully.

The Rage in Placid Lake feature film – 2003

The Rage in Placid Lake is a comic drama, tinged with the absurd, and musician-turned-actor Ben Lee plays the title character with the required amount of chutzpah.

Snobs – Episode 8 television program – 2003

This is a typical example of a Snobs self-contained episode as Abby and Marian and the oh-so-clever dog, Snobs, get mixed up in yet another escapade.

Fergus McPhail – Double Trouble television program – 2004

The hapless Fergus, who is probably the biggest dag around, is trying to be cool as he attempts to settle into his new life. Of course all does not go to plan.

Staines Down Drains – Once More Unto the Drains television program – 2005

In a typical Yoram Gross touch, environmental messages are constantly reinforced through the stories – here, the consequences of allowing toxic waste into the drains.

Bit of Black Business – Jackie Jackie short film – 2007

Inspired by a dream, Jackie Jackie is reminiscent of Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Tracey Moffatt’s BeDevil (1993) in its stylised kitsch.

Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger feature film – 2007

Esther hates conformity but also needs to be part of a group, and it is this contradiction that gives the character complexity.

Summer Heights High – Episode 5 television program – 2007

Summer Heights High walks an interesting tightrope between observation and comedy, often seeming quite real and quite ridiculous at the same time.