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  • Charmian Clift: Life Burns High

    TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL

    Starting:11 August 2024
    Mature Audiences 15+
    Runtime
    85 Minutes
    Cast
    Directed by Rachel Lane
    Consumer Advice
    Unclassified 15+
    Language
    In English
    An intriguing portrait of Charmian Clift: a household name in the 1960’s and one of Australia’s finest writers. Born in 1920s Kiama, teenage Charmian escaped to Sydney and after the war scored a newspaper job in Melbourne where she met leading war correspondent George Johnston. Tired of Australian postwar conservatism, the couple left for Europe, finally settling on Hydra, where an artists’ colony formed which included Leonard Cohen. Returning to Sydney, Charmian found success writing a newspaper column, but George’s ill health and a new novel rumoured to be critical of his wife, fractured their creative partnership, and tragedy ensued. Interest in Charmian’s work has revived with the recent publication of her unfinished novel The End of Morning, which was put aside to help her husband write his Miles Franklin winner My Brother Jack. This absorbing documentary is the latest film to explore undermined female artists.

    Sunday 11 August

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