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Acting and Reacting: Tools for the Modern Actor
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Acting and Reacting: Tools for the Modern Actor

Nick Moseley
 

As Head of Acting at a major drama school, Nick Moseley has developed a system that is based on the individual's need to find truth in everything they do, to be 'in the moment' and to react instinctively to the other people on stage. In this book, he takes the best of Stanislavski, David Mamet and Sanford Meisner to fuel his own intensely practical approach.





Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-803-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Adaptations
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Adaptations

A Guide to Adapting Literature to Film

Denise Faithfull with Brian Hannant
 

Turning a 250-page novel or a two-and-a-half-hour stage play into a 90-minute film means leaving out much of the original and changing most of what’s left. So why does it remain recognisably the same story? What is the slippery essence that transfers, unaltered, from page to screen?

In Adaptations, Denise Faithfull comprehensively and systematically addresses the thorny issues of choosing your source and type of adaptation, whether a liberal appropriation, a free-flowing intersection, a variation or a faithful translation. She illuminates questions of structure, character, dialogue and visualisation, and includes a checklist for the adaptor. Brian Hannant’s introductory chapter discusses the history of Australian film, the basic principles of filmmaking and screenwriting, and a guide to correct screenplay layout.

Drawing from dozens of Australian films including Così, Lantana, Hotel Sorrento, The Boys, Dead Heart, Death in Brunswick and Head On, Adaptations navigates the treacherous waters of the adaptation process, showing us what works … and what doesn’t.

For anyone who’s ever read a novel, seen a play or heard an incredible true story and thought, ‘Now, that would make a great film’, Adaptations is the ultimate on how to make it happen.


Review
Click here for a review by Nick Sidoryn, Marden Senior College, as published in the SAETA Newsletter.


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-792-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Alvin Purple
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Alvin Purple

Australian Screen Classics

Catharine Lumby
 
One of the seminal films of the 1970s, Alvin Purple depicts Alvin’s struggles with his irresistibility to women—from his school days and time as a waterbed salesman to his short-lived career as a sex therapist. The ‘definitive ocker comedy’, Alvin Purple survived a critical mauling and went on to become the most commercially successful Australian film of the 1970s.

Catharine Lumby takes a fresh look at the film, the social and political era in which it was made and the forces that fuelled its success. She revisits claims that the movie is little more than an exercise in sexploitation and argues that the film is far more complex than its detractors have allowed.

 

Alvin Purple is the 9th title in the Australian Screen Classics Series co-published with the National Film and Sound Archive. 

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   Review
  • A wonderful read: I feel like I've been excavated and carbon dated  . -  Graeme Blundell  
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-844-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Barry McKenzie Movies, The
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Barry McKenzie Movies, The

Australian Screen Classics

Tony Moore
 

When The Adventures of Barry McKenzie burst onto the Australian screen in 1972 it created a furore. With ‘Bazza’ (Barry Crocker), the chundering, Fosters-sucking innocent abroad, Barry Humphries and Bruce Beresford created a foil for the audiences. The movie triggered a riotous sequel, Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, and a wave of ocker comedies that celebrate and critique the Australian national character. With irrepressible humour and sharp-witted insight, Tony Moore explores the subversive satire of the films, their influence on his generation, and what they have to say today.

 

Review
As Prime Minister I demonstrated my gift for ridicule by granting my only imperial honour to the intrinsically conservative Barry Humphries. It’s time for a book that has fun with the political satire of Barry McKenzie - The Hon. E.G. Whitlam AC, QC

The Barry McKenzie Movies
is the 5th title in the Australian Screen Classics series, co-published with the National Film and Sound Archive.

           

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-748-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Belonging
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Belonging

Australian Playwriting in the 20th Century

John McCallum
 
John McCallum’s new history explores the relationship between 20th century Australian drama and a developing concept of nation. The book focuses on the creative tension sparked by dueling impulses between nationalism and cosmopolitanism; and between artistic seriousness and larrikin populism. It explores issues such as the domineering influence of European high culture, the ongoing popularity of representational realism, the influence of popular theatrical forms, the ambivalence (between affection and aggression) of much Australian humour and satire, and the interaction between the personal and the political in drama.

The strength of Belonging is its comprehensiveness. Anyone studying an Australian play will find it here in the context of the other works by its author or the time and place in which it was written. As well as a rundown of the major writers and their works, the book also investigates a number of lesser known plays and writers.

This authoritative study of Australian drama gives an account of the relationship between our theatre and our sense of self while taking into account a broad range of influences that helped to shape both.


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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-658-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Boys, The
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Boys, The

Australian Screen Classics

Andrew Frost
 
Lauded by many as one of the most powerful Australian films made in the past 20 years, Rowan Woods’ stunning debut feature The Boys touched off a storm of media controversy upon its release in 1998. 

The film evoked vivid memories of the 1986 rape and murder of a young Sydney woman named Anita Cobby. Although Woods’ film was fictional, The Boys remains inextricably connected to its real-life counterpart in the minds of many viewers.

But that connection is only part of the story behind the making of The Boys. In this thoughtful and thought-provoking essay, Andrew Frost contextualises the major thematic concerns of the film into the broader context of social anxieties about violence, crime and morality.

Frost chronicles his own personal journey with the film and its makers from art school to the underground Super 8 filmmaking scene of Sydney in the mid-1980s, from the early short films of director Woods to the multiple award-winning The Boys. Frost discovers new aspects of The Boys even today and wonders if its stinging moral message has been heard among the clamour of
everyday suburban life.

 

The Boys
is the 10th titles in the Australian Screen Classics series, co-published with the National Film and Sound Archive.

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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-862-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The
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Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The

Australian Screen Classics

Henry Reynolds
 
Set in central-western New South Wales in the 1890s, Fred Schepisi’s film of Thomas Keneally’s award-winning novel is a powerful and confronting story of a black man’s revenge against an unjust and intolerant society.  

Raised by missionaries, Jimmie Blacksmith, a young Aboriginal man, is poignantly caught between the ways of his black forefathers and those of the white society to which he aspires. Exploited by his boss and betrayed by his [white] wife, he declares war on his white employers and goes on a violent killing spree.

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith was one of the most significant films of the 1970s ‘renaissance’. It was the first Australian feature in which the whole story is told from an Aboriginal perspective and it broke new ground in dealing with one of the most tragic aspects of Australian history: the racist treatment of the Aboriginal population. The spectre of the violent and vengeful black had barely been touched upon and the depth of rage that the film put on screen was unprecedented in Australian film at the time.

 

Review
A timely and very important work - Sean Gorman, Senses of Cinema

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is the 8th title in the Australian Screen Classics series, co-published with the National Film and Sound Archive.

           

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-824-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Cheeky Monkey, The
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Cheeky Monkey, The

Writing Narrative Comedy

Tim Ferguson
 
From one of Australia's most successful comedians comes The Cheeky Monkey, a practitioner's guide to the art of comedy writing. Both insightful and practical, The Cheeky Monkey explains the principles of sitcom writing and guides the reader in how to apply them. Seeded with exercises to aid the developing comedy writer, this book will help you to:
  • Write jokes
  • Create funny stories
  • Build comic characters
  • Develop a sitcom
  • Sell your sitcom to producers and TV networks
Many of Tim's techniques can also be applied to film, stage, stand-up or indeed any form of comedy. You'll make 'em laugh before you know it.


Resources
  • Watch Tim talk about the controversy his book caused
  • Listen to Tim defend himself from the castigation of his peers
  • Visit Tim's website, and immerse yourself in the world of the Cheeky Monkey.
  • Read about Tim's first comedy experience

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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-861-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Chekhov on Theatre
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Chekhov on Theatre

Anton Chekhov (Translated by Stephen Mulrine)
 
Chekhov started writing about theatre—in newspaper articles and in his own letters—even before he began writing plays. Later he wrote in detail about these to his wife and leading actress, Olga Knipper, and to the two directors of the Moscow Art Theatre, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko.

Collected here for the first time in Stephen Mulrine’s vivid translations, these writings reveal Chekhov’s many and varied insights into the way theatre works—and how best to realise his own intentions as a theatre writer. 

Compiled by Jutta Hercher and Peter Urban, translated by Stephen Mulrine.

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-075-5 | Sales rights: Australia & NZ | PB
Comedy Bible, The
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Comedy Bible, The

Judy Carter
 

This is the definitive guide to making a career out of making people laugh. If you’ve got a sense of humour, you can learn to make a career out of comedy, says Judy Carter. Whether it’s creating a killer stand-up act, writing a spec sitcom, or providing jokes for radio or one-liners for greeting cards, Carter provides step-by-step instructions in The Comedy Bible. She helps readers first determine which genre of comedy writing or performing suits them best and then directs them in developing, refining, and selling their work.

Review
The Comedy Bible is proof God does have a sense of humour... Until comedians can enrol in a comedy 101 humourversity course at the school of hard knock-knocks, this is the next best thing. - Wil Anderson


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-741-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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