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Adaptation of Blackrock Nick Enright , 1995 single work drama
Issue Details: First known date: 1996... 1996 Blackrock
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During a welcome home party for a local surfing legend, a fifteen-year-old girl is gang-raped and beaten to death. When morning breaks and news of the murder circulates, the community is splintered by shame, deceit, and mistrust.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Form: screenplay
    • Paddington, Kings Cross area, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 1997 .
      Alternative title: Blackrock : Original Screenplay
      Extent: x, 89p.p.
      Description: illus., port.
      ISBN: 0868195316

Works about this Work

Facing Death on the Australian Beach : Examining Fear and Transcendence Elizabeth Ellison , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , October no. 45 2017;

'The Australian beach has often been considered in academic approaches as a place of binaries – focusing on either the mythic (Fiske, Hodge and Turner 1987) or the ordinary (Morris 1998). An edge to the Australian continent, the liminal space of the beach is one that has received some attention. Using Edward Soja’s (1996) ‘Thirdspace’ concept allows the beach to challenge the space as a liminality and emerge as a more complex beachspace, both mythic and ordinary and more all at once. The Australian beach is a place of significant beauty, while simultaneously a place of risk and danger. Visitors to the space are immediately warned to only swim between the flags, and many beaches are patrolled for the majority of the day all throughout the year. Technology has been employed to identify risk despite the inherent unpredictability of the beach (such as shark sighting technology, weather predictions, and wave cameras), with an aim to provide a safe, everyday space available to all Australians to use. The potential risks of accidental death are high on the beach; however, many representations of death tend to include homicide or suicide. ‘Facing death’ is interested in examining how Australian writers of the beach portray death. Classic texts like Nevil Shute’s On the Beach (1957) are discussed alongside more contemporary texts, including Fiona Capp’s Night Surfing (1996), Tim Winton’s Dirt Music (2001), and Romy Ash’s Floundering (2012). These writers portray death as an inevitability or a continual threat. Films such as Newcastle (2008) represent accidental death in a tight knit local community; in comparison Blackrock (1997) deals with both murder and suicide. This paper illustrates how examining the beach as a more complex space by interrogating Australian writing on the subject allows for an interesting understanding of how death is represented on the Australian beach.' (Publication abstract)

Urban Shocks and Local Scandals : "Blackrock" and the Problem of Australian True-crime Fiction Donna Lee Brien , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Writing and the City : Refereed Proceedings of the 1999 Conference Held at the New South Wales Writers' Centre Sydney 2-6 July 1999 2000; (p. 115-121)
"Lethal Larrikins": Cinematic Subversions of Mythical Masculinities in Blackrock and The Boys Felicity Holland , Jane O'Sullivan , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 13 no. 2 1999; (p. 79-84)
Hoon Culture Takes a Beating Sue Williams , 1997 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 April 1997; (p. 32)
Untitled Jonathan Dawson , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 31 1997; (p. 206-210)

— Review of Blackrock Nick Enright , 1996 single work film/TV ; Love Serenade Shirley Barrett , 1996 single work film/TV
Spotlight Shines on 'Blackrock' Denis Peters , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 1 September 1996; (p. 20)

— Review of Blackrock Nick Enright , 1996 single work film/TV
The Controversy of Blackrock Margaret Smith , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Republican , 2 May no. 8 1997; (p. 21,23)

— Review of Blackrock Nick Enright , 1996 single work film/TV
Blackrock Brian McFarlane , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Cinema Papers , May no. 116 1997; (p. 45)

— Review of Blackrock Nick Enright , 1996 single work film/TV
An Outbreak of Acting Helen Garner , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , May vol. 2 no. 4 1997; (p. 27)

— Review of Blackrock Nick Enright , 1996 single work film/TV
Hard Place Michael McGirr , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , May vol. 7 no. 4 1997; (p. 48)

— Review of Blackrock Nick Enright , 1996 single work film/TV
Hoon Culture Takes a Beating Sue Williams , 1997 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 April 1997; (p. 32)
Blackrock : The Play and the Film Bill Simon , Edwina Stewart , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Metaphor , May no. 2 1997; (p. 7-13)
Silence and the Lads Ruth Hessey , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25 April-1 May 1997; (p. 4-5)
Film Noir Colin Rose , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 April 1997; (p. 13)
"Lethal Larrikins": Cinematic Subversions of Mythical Masculinities in Blackrock and The Boys Felicity Holland , Jane O'Sullivan , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 13 no. 2 1999; (p. 79-84)
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