A Personal history of the Australian surf: being the confessions of a straight poofter

Australia, 1981

Film
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Australian theatre and film director, Michael Blakemore, recreates his childhood and adolescence in the 1930s and 1940s in Sydney and reflects on the events which led to his career in the theatre and eventually a directorship of Britain’s National Theatre. By implication the film is also something of a mini history of surfing in Australia. Utilising a compilation of old newsreels, family snapshots, re-enactments and Blakemore’s commentary, the film is an intriguing piece of Australian social history.

Credits

director

Michael Blakemore

co-producer

John B Murray

Jeremy Cornford

Phillip Adams

production company

Adams Packer Films

Language

English

Duration

00:54:27:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

34165

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Biographical films

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion picture producers and directors - Australia

Biographical

Documentary

Documentary → Docudrama

History → Australia - History - 20th century

History → History

History → Sydney (N.S.W.) - History

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Surfing

Music & Performing Arts → Blakemore, Michael

Music & Performing Arts → Theater - Australia

Music & Performing Arts → Theater - Production and direction

Music & Performing Arts → Theatrical producers and directors - Australia

People → Biographical films

People → Blakemore, Michael

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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