Memoirs Of A Young Bastard

Memoirs Of A Young Bastard

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Tim Burstall, the celebrated director of Stork, Alvin Purple and numerous other definitive ocker comedies, is credited with shaking the moribund Australian film industry out of its torpor. But long before that, in the early 1950s, he began keeping a diary to record the world of the group of arties and intellectuals he was living among in Eltham, then a rural area outside Melbourne, where cheap land was available for mudbrick houses and studios, and where suburban rigidities could be mercilessly flouted. Burstall was in his mid-twenties, with two young sons and an open marriage with his wife, Betty. Eager to become a writer, to go against the grain, he kept a record almost daily of the parties and the talk in pubs and studios, about art and politics and sex, of Communist Party branch meetings and film societies, of political rallies and the first Herald Outdoor Art Show. Somehow, while holding down a public relations job in the Antarctic Division and juggling his love affairs and obsession with the beautiful, brainy Fay, he wrote 500 words almost every day. Betty, according to the diaries, kept the show on the road, feeding friends after the pub, milking goats and working in
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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 213.36 x 256.54 x 33.02mm | 1,043.26g
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522858147
  • 9780522858143
  • 901,748

About Tim Burstall

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. She is now working on a sequel to Other People s Words, an account of her life in books. Ann Standish is a historian, writer and editor. She has a PhD in history and has taught history and publishing programs at various universities. She regularly reviews books and has published widely on Australian women s writing and colonialism. Her book, Australia through Women s Eyes, was published in 2008.
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