Ana Kokkinos's first feature, ONLY THE BRAVE, released in its native Australia in 1994 and in the US in 1995, is a flawed but powerfully realistic look at two Australian teenagers. This coming-of-age film about two high school girls is indifferently scripted and fails to realize the
promise of a fresh perspective on a familiar theme.
Alex (Elena Mandalis) and Vicki (Dora Kaskanis) live in suburbs of Melbourne that are as wild and dangerous as the city itself. Outside of their troubled homes, they wander aimlessly, set fires, smoke pot, get drunk, and look for sex.
Despite Alex's lack of academic motivation, one female teacher, Miss Groves (Maude Davey), make...