Transforming the text: "Blackrock"

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'One party. One witness. No one's talking,' is the tagline for, "Blackrock", a movie based on Nick Enrights stage play. "A Property of the Clan " unravels the death of a teenage girl at an underage drinking party and explores how the youths handle the situation. Steven Vilder's construction of the character Jared in "Blackrock" has more effectively positioned the viewer to feel empathy than readers would have felt for Enright's original.

"A Property of the Clan" is not light entertainment, or an easy play to read. It deals with an ugly and disturbing subject, but does so in a thoughtful and sensitive way, acknowledging the brutal reality of violence against women as an unfortunate experience in life. The plot of "A Property of the Clan " is about teenage violence that existed within Australia at the time; an example is that the language and actions teens make are very abusive throughout the play when ever they drink alcohol.

The play contains many themes that involved the lifestyle and the surrounding culture teenagers are in due to the sensitive content. The main characters from "A Property of the Clan "are from the surfing community of Newcastle, Australia. At the beginning of the play you can see the community in the play is quite rough, Ricko, an aggressive boy, is the leader of the group. The other characters always seem to be intimidated by him; the relationship between Ricko and others is interesting because they know that he isn't a good person, but still 'hang out' with him. This links to the idea of mate ship and peer pressure because of Ricko's violent characteristics. This plays a large part in the way Jared and Ricko's relationship stand. The pressure that Ricko places upon young Jared is one...