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Stand Up

Episode 1.04
Thursday, November 22, 2012 (8:30, ABC1)
Ratings: 0.620 million viewers (12th)
Written by Steven McGregor
Directed by Rachel Perkins

Sixteen-year-old Joel Shields has just won an Indigenous scholarship to Clifton College — one of Sydney's most elite private schools. It's his first day, and at assembly Joel's teacher notices he isn't singing the national anthem. At home that night Joel is busy learning the words so he can join in, but his father Eddie doesn't want his son to sing the anthem... or stand for it.

Joel doesn't want to let his father down, but is starting to invest in the school, and is torn between the traditions of the school and his father's principles. Mr Parish, the poetry teacher, has inspired him in a lesson about The Windhover and he's enjoying the work; and the most beautiful girl he's ever seen is in his class.

But when Joel decides to follow his father's wishes, the situation escalates until he's threatened with expulsion. His mother Nic is desperate to find a solution and can't believe her husband is risking their son's future. But Eddie won't budge and Joel is starting to believe his father is right.


  • Aaron McGrath as Joel Shields
  • Ursula Yovich as Nic Shields
  • Marley Sharp as Eddie Shields
  • Madeleine Madden as Chloe
  • Gillian Jones as Mrs MaCann
  • Ewen Leslie as Mr Parish
  • Bjorn Stewart as Mr Moore
  • Tony Briggs as Paul MaCoy
  • Irma Woods as Kerry McCoy
  • Elias Rees as Travis McCoy
  • Josiah Page as Wheelie
  • Zac Doomadgee as Clarry
  • Ben Toyer as Photographer
  • Danika Green as School Kid
  • Emma Numbulla as School Kid
  • Hannah Ranby as School Kid
  • Rhianna Pitt as School Kid