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A drama-documentary based on the personal testimony of 17-year-old Shaun. As a young teenager, Shaun started to abuse drugs and alcohol. His self-destructive behaviour meant he got into lots of fights and often found himself in trouble with the police. From the ages of 15-17 he was in a relationship where he often took out his stress and frustration on his girlfriend causing them to split up several times. The turning point for Shaun came when he faced a custodial sentence – he was tagged and put on a program of counselling that has helped him to sustain a healthier relationship. The film is based on an actual interview but for the safety of the interviewee names have been changed and the words are spoken by actors.
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17 March 2011

Classroom Ideas

Working in two groups, ask the students to provide separate advice for Shaun and for his girlfriend. How can Shaun better manage his moods and aggression? Can he control his temper? What guidance and help can be offered to him to help him stop abusing drugs and alcohol? Does Shaun's girlfriend need advice to help her cope with an abusive relationship? Should she stay with Shaun and help him or should she leave for her own safety?

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