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From a ramshackle hut by the water on Tasmania's West Coast, Kingsley forages a living with his younger son, Tiger. Times are tough and money in short supply, but with good-humour, invention and resilience they make the best of it, bundled together as family.
One night, Kingsley brings home the beguiling Jude, who unwittingly changes three lives overnight. Jude seems happy enough to enjoy Tiger and Kingsley's attention, and let history slip by. History does, though, have a habit of catching up with you.

A warm, affectionate and moving story of the glimpsing of freedom and the weight of the things that shackle us.

  • naturalism
  • 120
  • 3 total
  • 1 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • history
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | Teen | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 71

EXTRACT: When the Moonbirds trying to say marry me, to the female, he follows, stays on her tail all the way home to Tassie, right across the ocean, from the top of the world to the bottom...She cuts left, he cuts left, she goes straight up, he goes straight up, she dives head first into the water, he does the same... Back here they search for a burrow to mate. I’ve watched ‘em. With their wings and beak and heads they, kind of learn each other. Learn the shape of each others bodies, the sound, call of each others song.

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