At the start of 2016, the ABC and Princess Pictures launched an unprecedented television experiment. After scouring the country and watching hundreds of auditions, they gave cameras to a diverse group of 14 teenagers to film the most dramatic 12 months of their lives – Year 12.
The resulting vlogumentary’ series is packed with emotion, hilarity, heartbreak and suspense – what will their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) numbers be? What will they go through to achieve these results?
Pioneering a new form of storytelling, there were no film crews, nor producers on the ground, just 14 teenagers self-documenting their stories straight to camera in their own way. The resulting footage captures the raw drama of their final year of school, and reminds us how pivotal Year 12 is, what the future looks like at 18, and shines a light on how this has changed over the years.
Inspired by the serious stress the ATAR is putting on kids, this series aims to start a national conversation about the pressures of Year 12 and explores how our education system prepares young people to enter further studies or the workforce.
In each episode the students talk about the issues they’re facing, including the pressure of the impending ATAR exams– and how they feel this will define their future; parental, cultural and school pressures; body image; stress and anxiety; and school and social life balance. The vlog diaries give the students an avenue to vent about these issues – their honest, candid, often humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking confessions will hit a nerve with all viewers.
This 24 x 30 mins series is a must watch series for students, parents/caregivers and teachers and it provides the perfect opportunity for viewers to talk about these issues together.
PREMIRES MONDAY FEBRUARY 20 AT 7.30PM ON ABC ME
REPEATED ON ABC SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26 AT 6.30PM