A teenager tackles love, sexual identity and grief within his migrant family in Teenage Kicks, a new local movie that went into production in Sydney’s Inner West and south-east today.
Teenage Kicks is an adaptation of Craig Boreham’s own award-winning short Drowning (2009, pictured). Miles Szanto will reprise the role he played in Drowning, of Miklós 'Mik' Varga, a 17 year-old whose plans to head north, come out and start a life with his best friend Dan are disrupted by his brother's sudden death.
The film also stars Daniel Webber (The Combination, Sleeping Beauty), Charlotte Best (Home and Away, Puberty Blues), Shari Sebbans (The Sapphires, Redfern Now), footballer-turned-actor Ian Roberts (Little Fish, Superman Returns, Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities) and Anni Finsterer (The Boys are Back, Sleeping Beauty, Prime Mover, Accidents Happen).
“We are really exploring that ‘in-between’ phase that we all go through. That cusp moment between teen and adult when the world can turn on its head every single day and you are still trying to find where you fit in the scheme of things,” said writer/director Craig Boreham in press notes.
“Teenage Kicks is an in-your-face, raw look at that time and the issues and struggles these young characters go through when they come crashing toward adulthood. It's an evocative, sexually charged story that I think most people can relate to,” he added.
Teenage Kicks is being produced by Boreham’s collaborator Annmaree J Bell. It was financed independently with the support of private investment and a crowdfunding campaign.