Not Fourteen Again (1996)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |  
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In 1976, Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong made Smokes and Lollies, a documentary profiling the lives, thoughts and feelings of three rambunctious, rebellious working class 14-year-old girls. Four years later, Armstrong returned to the girls' hometown, Adelaide, and made another documentary about them Fourteen's Good, Eighteen's Better (1981). In 1988, she returned once again to make Bingo, Bridesmaids and Braces. Not Fourteen Again is the final, fascinating entry in the series. By now, the girls Josie, Diana and Kerry, have become stable, busy mothers of their own teenage daughters, something that provides Armstrong with interesting contrasts as she combines the thoughts of the new generation with those of their mothers back in '76. In the end, Armstrong hosts a special dinner for the women and their families to celebrate their changes.