Review: Bump ★★★★☆
Updated: Feb 16
Stan's new original series, 'Bump' is already an Australian cult classic, and rightfully so.
The plot is relatively simple, after becoming violently ill at school, Olympia (otherwise known as Oly) gives birth in the back of an ambulance. This wasn't a surprise pregnancy, it was a surprise baby for Oly, a high-achieving, dreams-of-working-at-the-United-Nations, 16-year-old feminist. Following the birth of baby Jacinda (after the New Zealand PM) what ensues is a web of family and relationship breakdowns, leaking boobs and teen romance.
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Bump turns the tables on the teen pregnancy narrative. In fact, it applies the lens of trauma so well in it's opening episodes that I believe the message becomes universal. For women, giving birth can often feel like your body and your life have been hijacked, even when planned, and the dawning of a new life can feel incredibly taxing on your wellbeing. When these emotions come from an ambitious, academically inclined schoolgirl with supportive parents, the plot line communicates that these feelings and experiences do not discriminate, and these 'mistakes' can be made by anyone.
Often when watching high school scenes play out onscreen it can feel distant and oversaturated, with 28 year olds in school uniforms driving BMW's holding overpriced iced coffees in every frame, this is where Bump moves in for the kill. Each and every character feels like a genuine staple of your year eleven classroom. The clothing, makeup and script provides an accurate translation to the screen and feels organic and holds a mirror up to the modern high school experience in Australia. Normalising marijuana consumption, LGBTQI+ relationships, cultural differences and left wing rhetoric in a tightly woven, almost incestuous family drama.
I watched all ten episodes in one sitting, a big deal for me who enjoys being asleep before the clock strikes 12 and giving my partner strict rules not to select films over 90 minutes on a Saturday night. I felt all of the teenage hormonal, horny jitters, secretly pining for the romances whilst remaining firmly planted in the progressive politics of it all. This is a show that I'd recommend to most people (but especially my moody teenage sister) and it's a series that can be enjoyed alone or with a crowd on your couch. From diva cups to dux, this show is the perfect intro to an already fucked 2021. No wonder a second season has already been confirmed.
Bump, Stan should be thanking you for putting them back on the map.