Winners and More Winners series contains several 48-minute telemovies that feature historical drama, comedy, science fiction, fantasy, adventure and social realism.
Family and friendship issues are raised in dramatic context as well as themes such as war and conflict, teenage pregnancy, media bias and moral relativism. The telemovies and online education resources create a forum for discussion about topical and sensitive issues for middle years students.
Gary has brains - a photographic memory! But the other kids beat him up all the time. Things look up when Gary blitzes a radio quiz show. The smart kid could be a rich kid, but when they start rigging the show, Gary has a very difficult decision to make. A story about a boy’s moral dilemma.
The Other Facts of Life
Ben’s father tells him about ‘The Facts of Life,’ but Ben hits Dad with much tougher questions than that old birds and bees stuff. Like, why are some people starving? Dad can’t answer. Ben starts a one-boy crusade to make the world right.
At her 14th birthday party Lindy wishes she knew her actual birth date. Her real parents would know, but they are dead, or so Lindy and her adoptive Australian family believe. A letter arrives from Vietnam, from her natural father, Le. He is coming to see her and she must make a painful choice.
Room to Move
A story about an unlikely friendship between two girls - one a sporting champion, the other a dancer and an outsider. Carol is a top runner, coached by her father day and night. When she meets Angie, the punk new girl, she is inspired to plan a new life for herself. But the big race is coming up, and Carol has to give it all she’s got.
The Paper Boy
It is 1932. Joe is 11 years old and sells newspapers. When Joe’s father loses his job, Joe’s tiny wage is all the family have to live on. Not easy for Dad! Trouble brews and Joe runs away. But is living on the streets worse than living with the conflict and confrontation with your father?
In 1910, all boys between 14 and 17 years old had to register for compulsory military training. Will Barnes, a pacifist, refuses and is sentenced to three months training at Fort Queenscliff. There he meets opposition, but also wins admirers by sticking to his beliefs.