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More Than This: Contemporary teen issues explored by teen creators

The authentic and raw six-part drama series More Than This is now available to educators via the ACTF Shop, with secondary teaching resources coming soon.

More Than This was created by Olivia Deeble, who was 17 years old when she began writing the script. It follows a diverse group of Year 12 students – Charlotte, Alex, Zali, Jamie and Leon – who are thrown together in an English tutoring group. The series delves into the unique challenges facing today’s teenagers as they come of age: social, family and school pressures, bullying, body image, relationships and sexuality.

Now available to download exclusively from the ACTF Shop, secondary teachers can use clips from this M-rated series as provocations when exploring curriculum content related to identities, gender diversity, consent, respectful relationships, health and wellbeing, and help-seeking strategies.    

The ACTF is collaborating with Queer Town to develop an upper secondary teaching resource which explores the challenges faced by the characters in the series. This online resource will be released later in the year. 

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August 1st 2022

Academy Award winner Shaun Tan’s Tales from Outer Suburbia to be adapted for television

The Oscar-winning team behind The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan and producer Sophie Byrne, has joined forces with Barbara Stephen and Alexia Gates-Foale from animation studio Flying Bark Productions to develop an animated series based on Shaun’s bestselling illustrated book Tales from Outer Suburbia.

August 1st 2022

Record ACTF investment into new children’s content

The Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) has committed a record $9.6 million to the development and production of new children’s content since receiving additional funding.

July 27th 2022

New resource supports teachers to explore consent and identity in the classroom

Secondary teachers across Australia now have access to a new resource to safely explore challenging topics with teenage students, including consent and respectful relationships.

July 26th 2022

Virtual workshop recordings now live

During Term 2, the ACTF learning team delivered two live virtual workshops exploring the impact of light and colour in television series and a behind-the-scenes look at the series Li'l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers. These recordings and resources are now available to view and explore on our website.

July 20th 2022

Series spotlight: The Genie from Down Under

As part of the ACTF’s 40-year anniversary celebrations, we’re looking back and shining a spotlight on 12 of our most iconic programs. In this article, we look back on The Genie from Down Under: a quintessentially Australian, one-of-a-kind comedy series.

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