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Australian Rules - Study Kit Study Guide


About this Resource

The feature film Australian Rules is adapted from Philip Gwynne’s book, “Deadly Unna?”. The book won the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year for Older Readers Award in 1999, and was highly praised for its reconciliation message. The film is a story of mateship and love that is both confronting and sensitive. It clearly takes a strong anti-racist stance.

Australian Rules and the Australian Rules Study Kit is a resource for teachers and students from years 11 through to tertiary years exploring universal themes such as responsibilities and relationships, and issues that go to the core of questions about Australian identity.

The included free resources for Australian Rules provide opportunities to study the transformation of a book to film and production processes as well as providing topics for discussion across a wide range of issues.

Study kit includes:

  • Film Synopsis
  • Study Guide by the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM)
  • Media Kit with marketing strategies and production information
  • Article by Peter Ellingsen (feature writer for the Melbourne Age newspaper)
  • Reviews
  • Audio clip from the film


Year Level

Senior Secondary and Tertiary

Curriculum Study Areas

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Resource Type

study guides


belonging, bullying, communities, racism, social responsibility

Required Content