A Pain in the Arts!

A Pain in the Arts! : Culture Without Cringe in Australia

By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?


A quarter-century slice of cultural life and social change in Australia from the feisty mid-sixties and how the medium of television interpreted the excitement and ferment of those ground-breaking times. It is an 'insider's view' from Brian Adams, the television producer/director who was given carte blanche to create a new cultural identity for Australia's national broadcaster, the ABC. It spans the fledgling days of black and white television up to the highly-acclaimed technological development of live opera and ballet simulcasts. The documentary roll-call included all the major artists of the time, among them, Sidney Nolan, William Dobell, Brett Whitely, Arthur Boyd, John Olsen, interpreted by key commentators like art critic Robert Hughes. Contemporary themes like the Vietnam War, the state of the arts, the controversial construction of the Sydney Opera House and National Gallery, Canberra, plus international events like Florence 10 years after the disastrous flood were all examined in documentary form. Brian Adams also tells of his personal progression from trainee British diplomat to radio and TV newscaster 'Down Under'. He was awarded an OAM of the Order of Australia in 1990 for his services to the arts and Entertainment.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.1mm | 653.17g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508506744
  • 9781508506744

About Brian Adams

Brian Adams has had a long and distinguished career in the arts, as a writer, and as a producer/director in international television. He was head of arts programming for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for more than 20 years and co-produced many documentaries with the BBC. In 1990 he was awarded an Order of Australia, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts and Entertainment. His books include biographies of Dame Joan Sutherland (La Stupenda), the great English botanist Sir Joseph Banks (The Flowering of the Pacific) Australian painters Sir Sidney Nolan (Such is Life and Sidney Nolan's Odyssey) and Sir William Dobell (Portrait of an Artist). Other titles include Australian Cinema: The First Eighty Years and Ganna: Diva of Lotusland (Kindle e-book). Brian Adams now lives in the South of France.show more