Pip’s Guide To The New Puberty Blues
Excitement plus, because the new drama (based on the book) Puberty Blues premieres on Wednesday the 15th August on Network Ten. OMG. Ace. Let’s go over this a bit, shall we?!
(The original Puberty Blues starred Nell Schofield (top right) as Debbie and Jad Capelja as Sue. They were ace weren’t they? Have you seen the original? It is cringey-great. You can buy it here (sadly it’s not on iTunes!))
In the 2012 PB, we excitingly have Claudia Karvan as Judy Vickers, Debbie’s mum. Susie Porter plays Sue’s mum, Pam Knight. There’s a great cast : Rodger Corser (Underbelly, Rush), Dan Wylie (Tangle, Love My Way), Katie Wall (Love My Way, The Secret Life of Us) and other rad peeps. (Click here to see the full cast.)
I’m really busting to see this, can you tell?!! I remember watching the movie about 100 times with my besty, sometime with my hands over my eyes, cringing at the matter-of-fact sex scenes and the way the kids talked to each other. BUT I think it is a totally accurate reflection of how some kids grew up. And kids can be scarily matter-of-fact, right?! (Do not mention the Vaseline!)(Kind of annoying there is no eBook version of Puberty Blues. And every bookshop I go into says ‘Not in stock, sorry’, when I ask for a copy of the book. What is THAT all about?!)
Are you going to watch?! Are you excited? Or are you nervous that this might replace the sentimental place the old Puberty Blues has in your heart? Are you feeling nostalgic for the Nell and Jad version? I totally AM. But I am totally excited that this will be reinvented for a whole new generation and spark a thousand tweets and chats about love, sex, growing up, parenting, friendship, Countdown, tape decks, America’s Top 40, communication, fried food, fashion, decor and language. Those are really great discussions to be sparking, right?!