Puberty Blues

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  1. wolfy

    wolfy Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Here's a new series I'm definitely looking forward to.
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    Puberty Blues to be the mother of all parts for Claudia
    • by: Confidential reporters
    • From: Herald Sun
    • March 31, 2012 12:00AM
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    Puberty Blue stars Claudia Karvan and Jeremy Lindsay Taylor. Picture: Nic Gibson Source: Herald Sun


    ACCLAIMED actor Claudia Karvan heads a quality cast in Channel 10's new drama, Puberty Blues.

    Karvan, who has won a legion of fans for her work in the TV dramas The Secret Life of Us and Love My Way, heads a cast that includes Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Susie Porter, Dan Wylie, Susan Prior, and Rodger Corser in the series that is based on the novel Puberty Blues by Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette.

    A focus of the series will be the young cast, which includes Ashleigh Cummings, Brenna Harding, Sean Keenan, Charlotte Best, and Isabelle Cornish, sister of film star Abbie Cornish.

    "I am looking forward to playing a parent in the '70s," Karvan said.

    "It is hilarious doing the research. It is great to be a part of re-imagining Australia pre-Oprah and pre-Seinfeld. That neurotic analysis we go through now, in 2012, just was not there to the same degree. There was a sort of a freedom during that time.

    "I feel very confident and happy (with the project). It (Puberty Blues) is something that people hold dear to their hearts. It rings a bell in everyone."

    Puberty Blues will start filming at Sydney's Cronulla Beach from April 10.
  2. wolfy

    wolfy Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The Spy Report
    Saturday, 31 March 2012. By Joshua Hawk.

    Ten confirms Puberty Blues cast


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    Claudia Karvan and Jeremy Lindsay Taylor have been announced as part of the Puberty Blues cast (Image: News Limited)


    The Ten Network has revealed the lead stars of Puberty Blues, its upcoming television series based on the 1970s novel by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey.

    Claudia Karvan
    , of The Secret Life of Us, Love My Way and Spirited fame, will head the remake, along with Underbelly: Razor actor Jeremy Lindsay Taylor and East West 101’s Susie Porter. Rush’s Rodger Corser and Animal Kingdom stars Dan Wyllie and Susan Prior will also play major roles in the series.

    "Back then there was so much freedom, people let their hair out, literally. This (series) is entertaining but there's depth there and everything's not entirely sugar-coated," Karvan told The Daily Telegraph.

    "I am looking forward to playing a parent in the '70s," she said.

    Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’
    Ashleigh Cummings will play the young protagonist Debbie, with Brenna Hardingto step into the shoes of Sue.

    While the television remake of Puberty Blues will retain characters and settings from the original book, Ten claims it will “move beyond the original pages and explore the (mis) adventures of these young girls, their families and friends in a tumultuous if not romantic era of Australia’s history.”

    Imogen Banks
    , who is co-producing the show with John Edwards, is working with directors Glendyn Ivin and Emma Freeman on the series.

    “As a young girl I read Puberty Blues in a state of terrified excitement. Now here I am, years later, making the series in much the same state,” Banks said.

    Puberty Blues
    will commence production on 10 April in the Sutherland Shire and screen later in the year.
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    wolfy Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Puberty Blues star Claudia Karvan warns show's '70s sexcapades will shock

    •TV adaptation of Puberty Blues set to begin filming
    •Claudia Karvan says story will "shock and entertain"
    •"There was so much freedom, people let their hair out"


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    Actors Claudia Karvan and Jeremy Lindsay Taylor prepare to star in Puberty Blues. Picture: Nic Gibson Source: The Daily Telegraph

    THE panel vans and sexcapades are about to rev up at Sydney's Cronulla Beach - with production of Channel 10 drama, Puberty Blues, ready to roll.

    Spirited star Claudia Karvan, Underbelly Razor's Jeremy Lindsay Taylor and East West 101 siren Susie Porter will headline the TV adaptation of the classic Australian 1970s coming-of-age novel.

    With pulses already racing over Ten's controversial reality series The Shire, Karvan said the well-known story would "shock and entertain".

    Based on the book by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey, it centres on a group of Cronulla teenagers as they explore sex and the gender politics of the day.

    "Back then there was so much freedom, people let their hair out, literally. This (series) is entertaining but there's depth there and everything's not entirely sugar-coated," Karvan said.

    From the makers of Paper Giants and The Secret Life Of Us, Karvan said "teenage girls (today), hopefully, have greater ambitions than just impressing boys," while the male viewers will enjoy "this blatant celebration of surf culture and chauvinism".

    The 1981 version, which starred Nell Schoeld, was controversial for its overt sexual references, drug use and raw surfer slang.
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    Puberty Blues set to start filming in the Shire
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    Puberty Blue actors Claudia Karvan and Jeremy Lindsay Taylor at production HQ in Rosebery. Picture: Gibson Nic Source: The Daily Telegraph


    DON'T look now Shire mayor Carol Provan, but the panel vans and sexcapades are about to rev up at Cronulla Beach - with production of Channel 10's other local drama, Puberty Blues ready to roll.

    Spirited star Claudia Karvan, Underbelly Razor's Jeremy Lindsay Taylor and East West 101 siren Susie Porter will headline the TV adaptation of the classic 1970s coming-of-age novel.

    REALITY TV cameras won't be the only spotlight on Sutherland Shire this month, with the Puberty Blues reboot is to start filming next Monday.

    With pulses already racing over Ten's controversial reality series, The Shire, Karvan said the iconic story would "shock and entertain.''

    Based on the book by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey, it centres on a group of Cronulla teenagers as they explore sex and the gender politics of the day which left the girls to provide the Chiko Rolls and sexual favours for their surfer boyfriends.

    "Back then there was so much freedom, people let their hair out, literally,'' Karvan said.

    "This (series) is entertaining but there's depth there...everything's not entirely sugar-coated.'

    From the makers of Paper Giants and The Secret Life Of Us, Karvan said "teenage girls (today) will hopefully have greater ambitions than just impressing boys,'' while male viewers will enjoy "this blatant celebration of surf culture and chauvinism.''
    Retro shows like Mad Men had "hit the note for men like that,'' Karvan said.

    "It's like `wow, imagine walking into the office and slapping a girl on the arse? Wouldn't that have been great,'' she laughed.

    The 1981 film version, starring Nell Schofield, was controversial for its overt sexual references, drug use and surfer slang.

    Karvan says the image of "Nell jumping on that board in a bikini just sent shivers down my spine. I teared up just looking at that, it's such a powerful image.''

    Young actress Ashleigh Cummings will play Debbie, the story's protagonist and the role Schofield made famous.

    Producer Imogen Banks said Sutherland Shire Council had been "very welcoming and helpful'' in giving the production the greenlight.

    "It's very much a part of Cronulla's history and identity, I don't think they'd want to walk away from that.''

    Cameras will roll on April 10, with "the big star, Cronulla beach.''

    The series is expected to air later this year.
  5. Buffakowski

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    Thanks for all the articles, Wolfy. I'm looking forward to it too, for an obvious reason. Lets hope he doesn't end up evil and dead in this one!
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    wolfy Super Moderator Staff Member

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    When I saw both his name and Rodger's on this one I knew you'd be in heaven. :p The impression I've gotten from a few articles I've read is that they want o expand the series to include the parents too, and if it goes well they will have several series, maybe even more than the number of books. I'm assuming he's a parent of one of the teenagers. So he shouldn't be evil, at least not from an adult point of view. O0
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    Yes! It was definitely heaven to discover both JLT and Rodger were going to be in it. :cheesy:

    I can take him being evil from a teenager's point of view. O0
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    wolfy Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, it will be nice seeing him in parent mode. :p Although it's in a different time. But I'll take it.
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    By the looks of the ‘adult’ cast there would have to be a big emphasis on the parents - I doubt they could’ve assembled that group of established actors for token appearances. I was a bit ambivalent when I first heard the books / film was being re-imagined but the more I’ve heard about the new version the more enthusiastic I’ve become.
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    wolfy Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I was thinking the same thing. They've got some big names there. And although they might hire some big names for token appearances I don't think they'd be promoting them like this. They would be focussing on the "stars" of the show. I hope we're right.

    They're obviously looking to pull in a whole new set of viewers on top of the teenagers who would be fans of the books. As you said, you weren't too keen when you first heard about it, but with these stars you'll tune in. Hopefully many more people are thinking the same thing. And let's face it, lots of hotties on the beach doesn't hurt either.:D
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    Thanks for all these articles Wolfy :)

    I was another who was not sold on the new series but they've put together a fantastic cast which has made it a lot more appealing.

    Here is hoping that is works out.
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    My daughter has been chosen as an extra for Puberty Blues and is filming at a local high school all day next Wednesday. She is really excited about the whole thing. She had to have an interview with the channel 10 people who spoke to a lot of girls and boys from the high schools in the area. Cronulla is a very busy little place at the moment because they are filming Puberty Blues and also Tricky Business in the area. I have seen Gigi Edgley and Debra Byrne filming at a local hairdressers and coffee shop. Very interesting!
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    wolfy Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That's great news, aussiegal. She must be so excited. I can just imagine how excited all the high school kids are.

    P.S. I guess you'll get lots of pictures. :p
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    Thanks for the articles wolfy. I'm really looking forward to this series! Hope your daughter has fun aussiegal!
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    That's so awesome, Aussiegal! I bet she'll have a ball filming for Puberty Blues.
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    Congrats on your daughter getting a role aussiegal! In regards to Tricky Business they're filming all over Sydney for that show. The running joke we have in the St George District is we share some of the Packed to the Rafters filming whilst the Shire gets Puberty Blues (as it should since the book is set there) and The Shire itself. :)
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    wolfy Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Here's another article:


    Shire gets the Blues
    April 23, 2012

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    Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Claudia Karvan, Ashleigh Cummings and Ed Oxenbould on the set of Puberty Blues.


    Channel Ten has revealed the first image from the set of its new drama series Puberty Blues. Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Claudia Karvan, Ashleigh Cummings and Ed Oxenbould star in the eight-part series, based on the novel by Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette. The series is being shot in the book's setting, Sydney's Sutherland Shire, and also stars Susie Porter, Dan Wyllie and Rodger Corser. It will be produced for Ten by John Edwards and Imogen Banks and airs later this year.



  18. Buffakowski

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    Thanks for the article and pic, Wolfy. Very retro!
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    So it's not about the adults? It sounds like it to me.
  20. Lamina

    Lamina Super Moderator Staff Member

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    ?? My point was that it does sound like it’s about the adults rather than the kids - that they probably wouldn’t have secured such a great (adult) cast if the focus was almost completely on the kids.

    Unless I misinterpreted you, I think we’re agreeing ;)

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