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Produced by Lee Fleming; directed by Carol Marie Millet
Girls to Girls, 1991. VHS cassette, 16:00 min., $89.00
Distributed by Magic Lantern Communications, #38 775 Pacific Rd., Oakville, Ont. L6L6M4

Grades 6 and up/Ages 11 and up

Reviewed by Patricia Miller

Volume 20 Number 3
1992 May

Picture this. A teenage girl is settled comfortably on the couch flipping through channels on the TV. She watches a minute or so of a rugby game - the competitors are teenage girls. Bored with that, she flips to a video where a classroom has become the setting for a fast-paced rap tune. It turns out the video is part of the line-up of another program, "Skip to the Beat," a TV news­magazine show hosted by teenage girls. Today's topic is physical activity. Thus, the scene is set for Skip to the Beat, an engaging production mixing both information and drama.

The drama revolves around Sheree, the girl on the couch. She has vowed to give up on sports after suffering through an embar­rassing situation at school. The information component is delivered in the TV show with its upbeat focus on girls and physical activity. The "show" uses interviews, demonstrations, a debate, even an advertisement to highlight the many sporting opportunities available to girls and the fun that physical activity provides.

This is a smart-looking production - especially the newsmagazine component of the program. Though a little forced, the drama provides a good hook for viewers, identifying with teenaged girls' vulner­abilities when it comes to sports and their concerns about their bodies, co-ordination and ability.

Ideal for use in schools, Skip to the Beat features a study guide for use before and after viewing.

"Skip to the Beat" wins Sheree over. This energetic video will very likely win over many more teenage girls as well.

Patricia Miller, Surrey Public Library, Surrey, B.C.

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