TIM BURSTALL DIARIES COME TO LIFE IN AIREYS INLET
Address: 75 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet VIC 3231
Date: Sat 7 July 2012
Call: 03 5289 7052
Lighthouse Literary Fest guests Hilary McPhee, Amanda Smith, Peter Curtain and Ailsa Piper return to Aireys Inlet for a fascinating and insightful look at the life of a key figure in Australian cinema, Tim Burstall.
Join ABC Radio National’s Amanda Smith at Great Escape Books on Saturday 7 July as she chats with author Hilary McPhee about her newly-released book Memoirs of a Bastard: The Diaries of Tim Burstall. And hear these entertaining diaries brought to life by actors Peter Curtain and Ailsa Piper.
A writer, director and producer, Tim Burstall was instrumental in revitalising Australia's dying film industry and launching the careers of many well-known actors including Jacki Weaver, Graeme Blundell, Jack Thompson and Judy Davis. Perhaps best known for his film Alvin Purple, Burstall began keeping a diary in 1953 and set himself the task of writing 500 words a day.
Hilary McPhee’s annotation of these captivating diaries in Memoirs of a Young Bastard offers a unique snapshot of 1950s Australian bohemian life. Written against the backdrop of an Australia easily caricatured as dull and provincial, straightjacketed by suburban convention and paranoia, they are evocative and comprehensive and an evening discussing them and hearing them read is a guaranteed good night out.