The last thing I remember was one of them asking me where it hurt the most. I told him where it hurt, he kicked me there again and they left. My first beating from the local streetgang was over. It was six against one. I was twelve years old.
In the backyard scene at night, the boy is reading an astronomy book, and is searching for the constellation Hercules in the night sky.
Written, produced and
directed by: Stephen O'Keefe.
Featured: Jeremy Wallace
Narrator: Jeffrey Helgason
Camera, sound design, editing and opticals: Stephen O'Keefe
First camera assistant: Micheal Weir
Grips: Melissa Atkinson, Ken Mayfield, Ann Verrall
Special thanks to: Beth Cummings, Andy Dowden, Kathy MacGilvary, Fred McFadzen, Roy Newcombe, Kathleen Tetlock, Carolyn and Peter Wallace
Partially funded with the participation of: The Centre for Art Tapes
© 1998 Stephen O'Keefe
Streetwise and screenplay extract © 1998 Stephen O'Keefe. All rights reserved.