"A love tap is the bit of a nudge you give your opposite number behind play and you hope like hell the umpire isn't looking."

Love Taps takes a darkly humorous look at the intensity of the bonds formed between an AFL coach and his best players. Star full-forward Jesse Cosgrave deals his coach and two best mates one hell of a love tap: he's coming out as a gay role model on 60 Minutes.

But a few more love taps will be dealt on this drunken boys' night out in an inner city bar that no one saw coming - Gavin doesn't know this is to be his last season, macho Mitch will be forced to question his own sexuality, and coach Nigel is maybe a tad too fond of his "boys". Hence Wanda, the feisty bartender who takes no prisoners, bears witness to some very secret men's business.

  • comedy, drama
  • 80
  • 6 total
  • 1 female identifying, 5 male identifying
  • gender
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 18

EXTRACT: How can I make you understand? When you’re out there reaching for a mark, even clambering onto the shoulders of the man you’re trying to beat, and your hands are raised to the sky and the ball glides into those hands, like it belonged nowhere else in that moment, when the voices of eighty thousand punters become one thundering roar, and you’ve not only blocked that goal but sent the ball soaring over the heads of all those fuckers, right into the arms of your man at the other end.

Adult language, Adult themes



“A love tap is the bit of a nudge you give your opposite number behind play that makes him fall down stunned but not damaged, just to show him who’s the man – and you hope like hell the umpire isn’t looking.”



Love Taps is fundamentally about the embedded values and beliefs of the Australian male and the bonds of mateship.

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