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Charmian Clift
Life Burns High

Directed by Rachel Lane
80 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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.

Special Guest: dir. Rachel Lane
It shows Clift as a glamorous rebel – an unrecognised collaborator on My Brother Jack – who lived up to her declaration ‘let us live with all our candles blazing’.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Marta Dusseldorp reads excerpts from Clift’s wonderfully evocative writing that show her fierce intelligence, wit and spirited progressive views about such issues as the changing role of women, the importance of Indigenous recognition, and the folly of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
The Sydney Morning Herald


Sun 11 Aug
Tamworth - Forum 6 Cinemas
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Unclassified 15+
In English
Rachel Lane
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