Malcolm and Juliet is a Young Adult comedy that tells the hilarious story of sixteen year old Malcolm, who is determined to win first prize at the National Secondary School’s Science Fair.
He’s decided to film a documentary on sex. His best friend Juliet, is supportive, but distracted by the fact that she’s being blackmailed. Her blackmailer is demanding payment of $1,000 to keep her secret.
Their journey is populated with a cast of quirky teenagers – and the outcome, for both Malcolm and Juliet, is unexpected.
Adapted by Murray Reece, Engineer: Phil Benge, Producer: Jane Waddell for RNZ.
Malcolm,16 year old school cross country hero hasn't taken much notice of sex. That is until he is charged with filming the rugby game. What he sees when he presses 'play'involves his friend Juliet… Audio
At the party Malcolm interviews Brian on camera about his sexual experiences. Kevin impresses hostess, Charlotte by wrapping himself, completely naked, around the statue in the backyard fountain. Audio
Malcolm and Juliet are both a little awkward about the money for sex deal. They make a start but Malcolm falls off the bed at the wrong moment. Juliet gives the money back. The school principal bans… Audio
Brian visits Kevin to make sure he behaves himself like a man in the filming of the sex video at a restaurant. He presents Kevin with a list of things that will make him more attractive. Charlotte is… Audio
Charlote makes it clear to Kevin she wants Malcolm but Juliet intervenes and so Charlotte decides that Kevin's offer is attractive. Malcolm follow Kevin and Charlotte to film them having sex but Kevin… Audio
Malcolm visits Kevin to try to get the video tape back. Kevin refuses because he's scared Brian will find out. They do a deal when Kevin tells Malcolm what he's seen after hours as a school cleaner… Audio
Malcolm doesn't get first prize in the Science Fair but the speech made by the actual winner answers a few questions, unravels a series of mysteries, solves some problems and causes an avalanche of… Audio
Malcolm and Juliet won the 2005 Young Adult Fiction Category of the NZ Post Awards for Children & Young Adults, and the LIANZA - The Esther Glen Award.
Bernard Beckett has taught in the Wellington region for several years. He’s published nine novels and won many awards for his fiction. In 2006, Bernard was awarded a New Zealand Science, Mathematics and Technology Teacher Fellowship. He worked on a project examining DNA mutations. This new direction led to the publication of “Genesis” in 2006, for which he again won the Young Adult Category in the 2007 New Zealand Post Book Awards and the LIANZA - The Esther Glen Award.