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Michael King Writers Centre presents

Starring: Lauren Jackson, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Bruce Phillips, Alison Bruce, Greg Johnson, Megan Simpson

1hr 34mins Rated G

Alex, the young adult novel by Tessa Duder, was first published in September 1987. It has recently been re-published as a Whitcoulls Modern Classic to celebrate 25 years of it’s original publication.
Alex is a girl of spunk and ambition, striving to reach the pinnacle of her sport of swimming, learning the necessary disciplines for success in both sport and relationships. Alex was judged by the TVNZ, Frontline Arts programme, one of the five most memorable characters in New Zealand fiction along with Wal and Dog from Footrot Flats, Fred Dagg and Beth and Jake Heke from Once Were Warriors. The big-screen movie of Alex, scripted by Ken Catran, was backed by the Australian and New Zealand Film Commissions. Premiered in 1993, it starred 15-year-old Lauren Jackson as the perfect tall, multi-gifted and feisty Alex Archer. Today, Lauren has a family, and works as an actor, playwright and theatre director. We are delighted to bring and original 35mm film print back to screen at The Vic. Both the author of Alex, Tessa Duder, who we claim as a Devonport writer, and Lauren Jackson (Alex in the movie) will be present at the screening.