Thursday 9 June 2011

The Back of Beyond

(image via Australian Screen

This week I went to hear the writer Peter Temple share his thoughts on becoming an Australian writer (he was brought up in South Africa but now best known for his crime novels set in and around Melbourne.)

During his amusing and thought-provoking talk, Temple mentioned a documentary called The Back of Beyond which, he averred, every Australian baby-boomer had seen and formed part of Australia's collective memory.  His description of the film sounded fascinating ... he described scenes of desert strewn with (somewhat improbable) dinosaur bones, a laconic everyman postman hero and two iconic 'lost children'.

Today I went searching for the film and found some clips here, courtesy of Australian Screen.  As an insight into the place of the Outback in the Australian psyche (particularly at a certain time) it takes some beating.

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