Australia’s legendary playwright and screenwriter discusses his life and work and his new memoir Home Truths, in conversation with Alex Sloan.
After 5 decades of chronicling the blunders, mishaps and messes that he and his fellow Australians got themselves into, Williamson has penned his long-awaited memoir, Home Truths.
It reveals the story of the man behind the work: how a childhood defined by marital discord sparked a lifelong fascination with the power of drama to explore emotional conflict; how a mechanical engineering student became our most successful playwright; the anxiety that plagued him as he crafted his plays; the joy of connecting with an audience and the enduring sting of the critics; and the great love story that defined his personal life.
Copies of David Williamson: Home Truths will be available to purchase on the day thanks to Harry Hartog Bookseller. Book signings will commence at 5pm.
In association with the ANU-The Canberra Times ‘Meet the Author’ series.
Travelling North tells the story of Frank (Leo McKern) and Frances (Julia Blake) travelling to Far North Queensland to enjoy their retirement and each other.
Frank has a bad temper but an unending passion for life, while the younger Frances is a good-natured divorcee who leaves behind 2 adult daughters from a previous relationship in Melbourne.
Unfortunately, the idyllic North cannot calm Frank’s complex personality and Frances watches helplessly as her partner struggles to understand his own emotional and physical limitations.
Directed by Carl Schultz, Travelling North also boasts memorable performances by Graham Kennedy (in his final film role) as a meddlesome but loyal neighbour and Henri Szeps as Frank's long-suffering local doctor.