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Beyond Puberty Blues Fundraiser

See the original 1981 film while raising funds for beyondblue.
By Rachel Fuller
October 08, 2012
By Rachel Fuller
October 08, 2012

So did anyone else shed a tear at the close of season one of Puberty Blues on Channel Ten last Wednesday night? I surely did. Not just for the lack of quality television currently (now no longer) showing on free-to-air but for the kick-ass girls Debbie and Sue who finally came out swinging. This shouldn't be sad, but it is, because it still actually meant something in 2012 and in fact wasn't swamped in the nostalgia we all thought it would be.

Either way, fret not that we have to wait a whole non-rating period for Puberty Blues to return, because this Friday night the Bondi Pavilion Theatre plays host to a fundraising evening in honour of Jad Capelja, who played Sue in the 1981 film. Capelja's battle with schizophrenia was documented recently in Australian Story, and Nell Schofield (the original Sue) has resolved to use the renewed interest in Puberty Blues to do something positive for people living with similar mental health issues.

A screening of the original, Bruce Beresford-directed film will take place along with a performance by reggae band King Tide, headed by Tony Hughes (who played Danny in the original film). All profits from the evening will go directly to beyondblue.

So get your moles on the landline, pull out your high-waisted flares, grab yourself a choccie milk and a chico roll, and take in a classic Australian film, all to the backdrop of our most famous beach.

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