Included in the Of The Island Collection

Alice lives with her mother in Queenstown on Tasmania's wild coast. Their kindly neighbour Nugget is a frequent visitor and has, over time, become something of a surrogate father for the girl. Alice has fond memories of her father and must the learn the truth about him before she realises she can truly set herself free of the shadows of implacable mountains, and cast herself out into the world.

  • drama
  • 70
  • 3 total
  • 2 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • history
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | Teen | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 34

EXTRACT: This is the view from the pale hill behind my house. I sneak out of the house when Mum’s at work or when she’s too hungover to notice and hoist myself over our back fence. When I need to be quiet I come up here, where the world is quiet. Everything looks simple up here. There are houses and people live in them. People I know, mostly. So that’s the mine. And that’s the mountain. And this is my world.


Male | 40s | Unspecified
Starts on page 0

EXTRACT: Let me tell you about Henry the Hun. Well, they called him that. He wasn’t German. He lived out near Lynchford, well out of town. Mad as a two bob watch, he was. He was ninety if he was a day when I was your age. Mum and Dad used to scare us with him. “Chop that wood or I’ll send down to Henry’s and you can chop his.” Put the fear of God into me, I’ll tell you. He had a walking stick thick as my thigh. He served in World War One, so the story went...

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