Get ready to be Starstruck

A shout out to movie buffs, portrait photographers, and anyone interested in Australian cinema. The Starstruck exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra ends on 4 March, 2018. Featuring images drawn primarily from the archives of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Starstruck was developed jointly by NFSA and National Portrait Gallery curators. I had a role in it, too. I was Editor of the exhibition labels and the book of the exhibition. I love the portrait of Abbie Cornish on the front cover of the book (pictured below) shot by Matt Nettheim. If you make it to the exhibition you’ll see images that shed light on over 100 years of Australian cinema history. From 1930s casting books, to portraits from the talkies, to iconic images of actors taken during the filming of classics such as Breaker Morant, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Puberty Blues and Strictly Ballroom, to name just a few.

It’s a book!

It’s always a thrill when a book you’ve worked on makes it to the publication phase, so it was with great pleasure that I attended the launch of Graham Wilson’s Little Girl Lost in Balmain last week. You could describe Graham as a Renaissance man. A vet by trade, he is currently the Manager of Biosecurity and Emergency Services at Greater Sydney Local Land Services. He is also a natural story teller and prolific author. He has published nine books, including a memoir about growing up in Arnhem Land, and two series of racy novels set in outback Australia. I first met Graham at the NSW Writers’ Centre, and following the traditional business card exchange ritual, Graham commissioned me to prepare an editorial assessment for Little Lost Girl (at that time titled Old Balmain House). He must be very brave because he went on to commission me to prepare reports on the follow-up books in the series, Lizzie’s Tale and Devil’s Choice. If you’re interested in reading a slice of Sydney’s ‘imagined’ early history check out Graham’s books. They are available on Amazon and Smashwords.


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