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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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  • 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
Back of Beyond, The
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Back of Beyond, The

Australian Screen Classics

Sylvia Lawson
 
The Back of Beyond celebrates the life and times of Australia’s best known outback mail man Tom Kruse MBE. Every fortnight he battled isolation, heat, sand dunes and floods to deliver mail and supplies to the families along the 517 kilometre Birdsville Track in central Australia.

Representing the complex interrelations of the multicultural community and their environs, the film is considered by many to be one of Australia’s premier films, and is an exemplary representation of 1950s Australian transformational culture.

The Back of Beyond is the 15th title in the Australian Screen Classics series, co-published with the National Film and Sound Archive.




Currency Press | 978-0-86819-975-7 | 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
Commedia Oz
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Commedia Oz

Playing Commedia in Contemporary Australia

Steven Gration and Nicky Peelgrane
 

Commedia Oz is designed to assist the interpretation and playing of Commedia in an Australian context and is a training manual for teachers, students, actors and directors.

Chapters cover the history and influence of Commedia; suggestions for modern interpretations; activities and exercises; the role of the director and the actor’s journal; training actors; an interview with Jacques Lecoq (the French Commedia actor/trainer); a professional script; and ideas for units of work and assessment. There is also a glossary and a reference section for further reading.

The authors became collaborators after Nicky was cast in Steven’s play, Stardust (the script of which is published in the book) which toured schools in Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-820-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Concise Companion to Theatre in Australia
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Concise Companion to Theatre in Australia

OUT OF PRINT

Philip Parsons (ed), with Victoria Chance
 
A concentrated reference guide for the theatre lover and student. Covers all aspects of Australian theatre up until the late 90s.
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-499-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Conversations with Pinter
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Conversations with Pinter

Mel Gussow
 

Detailed interviews with the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, conducted over twenty years from 1971–1993 by the Drama Critic of the New York Times.

An invaluable insight to Pinter's life and work. 

Review
'A vital companion to his work.' The Times


Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-206-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Dancing to His Song
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Dancing to His Song

The Singular Cinema of Rolf de Heer

Jane Freebury
 
Now available in print form or as an eBook

Currency Press and Currency House are proud to announce the joint publication of this comprehensive study of the work of filmmaker Rolf de Heer, Australia’s acknowledged auteur. Famed for never repeating himself, de Heer first gained national attention in 1993 with Bad Boy Bubby, then Dancing to My Song and Alexandra’s Project. Today he is most widely characterised by his ‘accidental trilogy’ in partnership with the actor David Gulpilil — The Tracker, Ten Canoes and the recently acclaimed Charlie’s Country.

In 16 chapters film critic Jane Freebury searches for the sources of de Heer’s inspiration and finds the secret of his success in an ethic of hard work, flexibility and self-reliance that meets challenges with ingenuity and keeps a steady focus on his vision. His films are recognised by their wry humour, pleasure in the reversal of fortune and the unique landscape of Australia and its inhabitants. His remarkable career as an independent filmmaker has much to teach young producers and directors. Each chapter discusses a single film: its conception and making, actors and creative team, reception and consequences. Such a book is long overdue.

The eBook is enhanced with illustrative clips from his films.

Watch Rolf de Heer talk about his career.

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Evoking (and Forgetting) Shakespeare
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Evoking (and Forgetting) Shakespeare

Peter Brook
 

The text of a talk given by Brook in Berlin in 1998, addressing some essential questions about performing Shakespeare today. Brook invites us to consider the actual conditions of the Elizabethan theatre and the actual qualities of Shakespeare's language.

Published as part of the Dramatic Contexts series: important statements on the theatre by major figures in the theatre. Other titles available in this series are The Necessary Theatre by Peter Hall, Poetics by Aristotle and The Ground on Which I Stand by August Wilson.


Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-712-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Fire on the Water
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Fire on the Water

A Personal View of Theatre in the Community

Neil Cameron
 

LIMITED STOCK.

Neil Cameron is known as a co-ordinator and director of large-scale community events which frequently involve thousands of people and spectacular effects with fire, music, water and fireworks.

Fire on the Water is his own view of the importance of theatre in the community and describes his own experience of over twenty years of working this way.

The book is divided into three parts: street theatre and open-air performance, on moving out of the theatre building; community theatre, giving case studies and planning strategies; and celebratory theatre, covering festivals, parades and rituals.

The book contains detailed examples of events from Australia, the USA and Scotland, and much useful information on the pitfalls to be avoided as well as the paths to success.

 


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-307-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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