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Here are some resources that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.


Reading Australia

Essay but Alice Pung- When I first read Melina Marchetta’s much-loved book, Looking for Alibrandi, I was around the same age as Josephine Alibrandi. It was the first Australian book I discovered that did not ‘try hard’ to depict youth, class or ethnicity.

Cinema Papers

Cinema Papers 22. Everyone’s Looking for Alibrandi. Looking for Alibrandi is a hot new Australian film featuring some hot new actors.

Looking for Alibrandi

Josie (Pia Miranda) is struggling to cope with her teenage existence. She lives with her single mother, Christina (Greta Scacchi), and attends a prestigious private school, where her snobbish classmates mock her Sicilian heritage. She contends with the dramas of teen romance, divided between John (Matthew Newton) and Jacob (Kick Gurry). When her family receives a visit from Michael (Anthony LaPaglia), her mother's former lover, Josie is overwhelmed when she discovers that he is also her father.


Penguin TV takes you into the world of acclaimed author Melina Marchetta in this exclusive mini-documentary. Melina gives us some insight into herself and the characters that we have all grown to love including those in her new novel 'The Piper's Son'. Melina Marchetta's brilliant, heart-wrenching new novel takes up the story of the group of friends from her best-selling, much-loved book Saving Francesca - only this time it's five years later and Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving.

Josie Alibrandi has a lot to deal with right now. She's 17, got the dreaded H.S.C. in front of her and the boy of her dreams seems completely out of reach. Then there's that other problem. She's a wog. Sure it's where Josie comes from but it's not where she feels she belongs.

Melina Marchetta Blog

Melina Marchetta is the writer of nine novels including the multi-award winning Looking For Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, and the 2009 Michael L Printz Award winner On the Jellicoe Road. In 2011, her novel The Piper’s Son was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, and shortlisted for the 

Prime Minister’s Literary Award.

Study Guide

Looking for Alibrandi is the story of Josie Alibrandi's experiences at school, and her relationships with friends and family during her last year at St Martha’s girls’ school. This is the year her father comes back into her life, the year she falls in love and discovers the secrets of her family's past.

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The Guardian

How did some fictional friends from the Sydney suburbs sum up a generation? One film fan pays tribute to Josie, Jacob Coote and John Barton 15 years on.

The Australian

Melina Marchetta- Q & A 

The Looking for Alibrandi Resources -Trove


NSW State Library