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308 page HARDCOVER ILLUSTRATED COFFEE TABLE BOOK - PLUS VIDEO WITH EIGHT UNIQUE FILM
SCHOOL GRADUATES’ SHORT FILMS.
In this entertaining and sometimes surprising book, film journalist Andrew L. Urban
interviews many graduates who have built brilliant careers in filmmaking – not only
at home but internationally - including Gillian Armstrong, Jane Campion, Rolf de Heer,
P.J. Hogan, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Chris Noonan and Phil Noyce. More recent graduates now
making a name for themselves, like director Samantha Lang (who was nearly expelled) and writer Ian David recalls
the extraordinary pressures the school exerted, costing him his marriage.
"I was thrilled to read the book and to access the cavalcade of remarkably open
and forthright comments from former students, teachers, directors and other interested
parties. I can’t recall having read such a candid survey in the life of a relatively
young Australian creative institution."
– Kim Williams, CEO, Fox Studios Australia
THE FILM SCHOOL -
The industry largely didn’t want it, there was no chanting in the streets calling
for its creation and nobody knew how to run one, but by the tortuous stroke of a battered
political pen, The Australian Film Television and Radio School came into being 25 years
Embroiled in controversy from the beginning, forever in a state of conflict between the
creative forces of its students and the dictates of the public service, the school has
nevertheless had a profound impact on the Australian film and television industry, through
the efforts of its graduates.
The book uncovers what went on behind the scenes to establish the school, how the
student selection process worked – as well as the intimate nature of the
relationships between some students and teachers.
Others interviewed in the book are columnist and broadcaster Phillip Adams and Labor
leader Barry Jones, who battled to have the school established – in Melbourne, not
Sydney. They lost. . .
THE BOOK -
EDGE OF THE KNOWN WORLD
Interviews by Andrew L. Urban
Meredith Quinn & Andrew L. Urban
Published by AFTRS. RRP $49.95
THE VIDEO –
MADE AT THE EDGE
A selection of eight of the best short films made by graduates of the school:
One Hundred A Day - Gillian Armstrong - 7mins
Castor & Pollux - Phillip Noyce - 40mins
Peel - Jane Campion - 9mins (Winner, Palme d’Or, Cannes, 1986)
Getting Wet - P.J. Hogan - 23mins
The Cellist - Robert Marchand - 27mins
The Space Between the Door and the Floor - Pauline Chan - 25mins
Audacious - Samantha Lang - 26mins
Nightride - Martin Murphy - 11mins
Rock et Man - Adrian van de Velde - 10mins