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English: To Kill a Mockingbird

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Film: To Kill a Mockingbird

In Maycomb, Alabama, during the 30s, small-town lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) strives to minimise the traits of prejudice in the minds of his motherless children, Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Phillip Alford). Theirs is a contented home, helped immeasurably by housekeeper Calpurnia (Estelle Evans).When Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), an African American farm worker, is accused by hard drinking farmer Bob Ewell (James Anderson) of assaulting his daughter Mayella (Collin Wilcox), Atticus is assigned to defend Tom. At school Scout gets into fights because classmates ridicule her father's legal efforts.After managing to avert a lynching, Atticus apparently proves Tom's innocence in court, but the jury returns a verdict of guilty. Atticus believes he can get the verdict reversed in a higher court but Tom attempts an escape and is killed. Farmer Ewell vows revenge on Atticus for his courtroom tactics.



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Redfern Now - Episode 4. Sixteen-year-old Joel has just won an Indigenous scholarship to one of Sydney's most elite colleges, but finds himself torn between the traditions of the school and his father's principles.



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First Tuesday Book Club: To Kill A Mockingbird

Jennifer Byrne and the club discuss the classic 'To Kill a Mockingbird ' by Harper Lee and 'Inheritance' by Nicholas Shakespeare. Click through to chapter 4 for the section about 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.