Best friends Dana and Julia drink alcopops in Julia’s mum’s car, while the boys hang out on a park bench smoking weed. It’s time to leave for the party and Julia discovers she has more than a carful, so the boys volunteer to get in the boot. When Dana refuses drive Julia takes the keys, and their fun night out takes a tragic turn.

Mixing drama and gross-out comedy, BOOT shows how a good time can inexorably slide into tragedy; how sacrifice can seem like a betrayal; and how guilt is the heaviest burden to bear.

BOOT was developed by the Australian Theatre for Young People (atyp) as part of THE VOICES PROJECT.

THE VOICES PROJECT brings together the best of new monologue writing from atyp’s Fresh Ink emerging playwright program, and presents it on stage, on page, on film and online, giving voice to a new generation of Australian writers, theatre-makers, filmmakers and performers.

Joanna Erskine worked with director Damien Power to adapted her monologue BOOT for the screen. BOOT was shot in Sydney in December 2011. The film was shot back-to-back with VOICES PROJECT film, BAT EYES.

Both VOICES PROJECT films were directed by Damien Power and produced by Bec Cubitt, and used most of the same crew.

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