Saturday, July 11, 2009

Great Australian YA Books That Are Also Great Australian Films (I)

Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta is an Australian YA book first published in 1992 and made into a film, released in 2000. It's probably close to ten years since I've read Looking For Alibrandi but I watched the film again recently. The film's is a bit girly but well worth trying to get your hands on a copy to watch. The beginning and the end of the film are a bit slow but the middle is amazing! Definitely an example of a good Australian film. It stars Pia Miranda as Josie Alibrandi as well as Anthony LaPaglia and Matthew Newton.

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A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the disapproving nuns at her strict Catholic school, the acceptance of her schoolmates,and romantic dilemmas over two very different boys...

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(Both the book are and the film are on amazon - book | film)








10 comments:

  1. I've read the book but haven't yet seen the movie. Melina Marchetta spoke about writing the script for it at the NSW writer's centre Kids and YA festival, and I've really wanted to see the film since.

    I think the book was originally published in 1992, though.

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  2. Oh thanks, yeah 1992 sounds better. I couldn't find the actual publication date as I don't actually own a copy, I think it must have been published in 1999 in America.

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  3. I talked to Melina about this as well.

    I don't like how they cut Lee out, and once during class we were studying the movie and I kept referring to Lee. Finally my teacher cracked it and said I had to focus on the movie!

    I think it was a fantastic book, and a great movie - as long as you don't compare the two!

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  4. Random, but have you heard of a book called Joker by Ranulfo? The back flap says the author is Australian, and it looks really good. (I haven't read it yet.) I got it from my library and thought it was cool.

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  5. I LOVE this book and have read it so many times but still can't get sick of it. :) I really want to watch the movie too. Will need to find the DVD online.

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