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Memoirs of a Young Bastard
Code: 121  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, , Art & Design
Friday, May 18 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Hilary McPhee, Graeme Blundell (facilitator)
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Tim Burstall singlehandedly revived the Australian feature film industry in the 1960s with such “ocker” movies as Stork and Alvin Purple as well as many short films and documentaries, but it is his private life, as chronicled in his diaries, that is the focus of these memoirs. Edited meticulously and with grace by writer and publisher Hilary McPhee, the diaries are a marvelous account of Melbourne’s cultural and artistic life in the 1950s, particularly the sexual escapades of Burstall and his contemporaries, a good decade before the so-called “sexual revolution” of the 1960s. Hilary McPhee discusses the diaries and the era with Graeme Blundell.

Hilary McPhee (Australian)

Hilary McPhee is a writer and publisher. Wordlines, her selection of recent Australian writing, was published in 2010 after a long stint in the Middle East and Italy. Hilary recently introduced and annotated a collection of Australian film director Tim Burstall’s diaries, Memoirs of a Young Bastard. She is now working on a sequel to Other People’s Words, an account of her life in books.

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Graeme Blundell (Australian)

Graeme Blundell is an actor, director, producer and writer. He has directed and acted in over 100 plays and appeared in more than 40 films and hundreds of hours of television. He is an award-winning director of commercials and a prolific journalist, currently the television writer for The Australian. Graeme’s publications include the co-authored Brett Whiteley: An Unauthorised Life, Australian Theatre: Backstage with Graeme Blundell, the bestselling King: the Life and Comedy of Graham Kennedy as well as his own memoir, The Naked Truth.