When London Calls: The Expatriation of Australian Creative Artists to Britain

When London Calls: The Expatriation of Australian Creative Artists to Britain

by Stephen Alomes
     
 

For thousands of young Australians the tearful dockside farewell was a rite of passage as they boarded ships bound for London. For some the journey was an extended holiday, but for many actors, painters, musicians, writers and journalists, leaving Australia seemed to be the only path to personal and professional fulfilment. When London Calls is a collective biography… See more details below

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For thousands of young Australians the tearful dockside farewell was a rite of passage as they boarded ships bound for London. For some the journey was an extended holiday, but for many actors, painters, musicians, writers and journalists, leaving Australia seemed to be the only path to personal and professional fulfilment. When London Calls is a collective biography of those who found themselves categorised as expatriates, people such as Leo McKern, Keith Michell, Alan Seymour and Michael Blakemore in the theatre; Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sarry Tuckwell, Malcolm Williamson and Don Banks in music; Phillip Knightley, Murray Sayle and John Pilger in journalism; Arthur Boyd and Sir Sidney Nolan in art; the writers Richard Neville, Peter Porter, Jill Neville and Charles Osborne; as well as those who became 'megastars' - Barry Humphries, Germaine Greer and Clive James. The book tells of choices made about career and country, love and work by those who crossed the world. Yet it is also a cultural history, drawing out broader themes of identity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521620314
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/11/1999
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Preface
1Introduction - Going Away1
2An Australian Theatre or A Career on the Stage?18
3Sydney or Fleet Street39
4Musical Directions58
5Patterns of Discovery: Artists75
6Patterns of Exploration: Writers91
7Grander Stages: New Seasons for Australian Playwrights and Actors119
8Long and Winding Musical Roads: The Careers of Australian Expatriates and Australian Music141
9The Yellow Brick Road to the Land of OZ ... and Beyond166
10Journalists' Journeys185
11Crucible to Firmament: Barry Humphries, Germaine Greer and Clive James and the Expatriate Search for Fame216
12Home and Identity253
Notes274
Select Bibliography303
Index306

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