Castaway with Bob Ellis
As a war correspondent, social commentator, theatre owner, documentary director, dispirited collaborator with Werner Hertzog and political mover, Bob Ellis has lived a truly unique life. Join this incomparable thinker and not-so-quiet achiever as he discusses his five favourite films.
Bob Ellis' screenwriting credits include Newsfront, Goodbye Paradise, Paul Cox collaborations Man of Flowers and My First Wife, and the miniseries (co-written with Stephen Ramsay) True Believers.
He has also directed features Unfinished Business (garnering five AFI nominations), Warm Nights on a Slow Moving Train and The Nostradamus Kid, which outlines his youthful close encounter with the Branch Davidian, then known as the Shepherd's Rod, and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
Ellis' political books The Things We Did Last Summer, Two Weeks in Another Country, Letters to the Future and Goodbye Jerusalem, his collection of essays, The Inessential Ellis and his comic novel, The Hewson Tapes are regarded as minor classics in this country.
In the past two years, he has published four books: And So It Went: Night Thoughts in a Year of Change, The Capitalism Delusion in 2009, One Hundred Days of Summer and Suddenly, Last Winter: An Election Diary on Julia Gillard's sudden replacement of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the upset within the Labor Party.