Redfern Now: Nov 22

By David Knox on November 20, 2012 / Filed Under Programming 5

Redfern Now this week is another strong episode, but could prove to be controversial….

Is it ok to not stand for the National Anthem?

Sixteen-year-old Joel Tait (Aaron McGrath) has just won an Indigenous scholarship to Clifton College – one of Sydney’s most elite private schools. It’s his first day, and at assembly Joel’s teacher notices he isn’t singing the national anthem. At home that night Joel is busy learning the words so he can join in, but his father Eddie (Marley Sharp) doesn’t want his son to sing the anthem…. or stand for it.

Joel doesn’t want to let his father down, but is starting to invest in the school, and is torn between the traditions of the school and his father’s principles. Mr Parish (Ewen Leslie), the poetry teacher, has inspired him in a lesson about The Windhover and he’s enjoying the work; and the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen is in his class.

But when Joel decides to follow his father’s wishes, the situation escalates until he’s threatened with expulsion. His mother Nic (Ursula Yovich) is desperate to find a solution and can’t believe her husband is risking their son’s future. But Eddie won’t budge and Joel is starting to believe his father is right.

8:30pm Thursday ABC1


  1. David Knox November 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm -

    Loved some elements, but had concerns with others. Also think they wimped out at the end.

  2. stevie g November 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm -

    Just watched last nights ep. Certainly didn’t agree with the politics of this episode. What’s wrong with the National Anthem? It didn’t go into enough detail on the pros and cons for my liking. I don’t think i’ll be back for more.

  3. David Knox November 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm -


  4. Bilko November 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm -

    I can’t believe how good the writing is for this series
    Has it been renewed for some more next year ?

  5. jimbo k November 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm -

    i saw the preview of this weeks show at the end of last week’s episode, and it looks great. The sypnoses above looks even better. I’ll be tuning in for sure.

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