2022 - Shortlisted
Matrescence is the final episode in the television series Bump — created and written by Kelsey Munro — a comedy drama about two families dealing with a surprise teenage pregnancy. The episode skilfully brings together multiple story strands that explore unwanted motherhood, unwelcome relatives, and the possibility of maintaining one’s feminist empowerment while simultaneously childrearing during HSC exams.
Defined by its distinctly comic yet emotionally complex characters, Matrescence deftly navigates both the inner world of an ambitious teenage girl bearing the responsibility of an unwanted baby, and the cross-cultural religious clash at the heart of her decision to go through with a Christening to please the Chilean half of her baby’s family. Sharp, surreal but also heart-warming, Matrescence speaks with a uniquely truthful and comic voice.