It is with deep sadness we announce the death, on Tuesday 19 April 2017, of Rose Creswell, former partner of this agency and literary agent extraordinaire.
Rose will be sadly missed by her husband, Roger Milliss; all of her colleagues, past and present, at The Cameron Creswell Agency; the many authors she expertly and passionately represented; and by the many people in the publishing industry who respected her professionalism, generosity and wit so greatly.
Her influence and skills as an agent remain a benchmark for those who have followed in her footsteps.
The celebration of Rose’s life will take place on Friday 28 April, 12.15pm at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium (199 Delhi Rd, North Ryde), followed by a gathering at the Lord Wolseley Hotel, 265 Bulwara Rd, Pyrmont.
Cameron’s own, Marieke Hardy, has written on ABC’s six-part drama, Seven Types of Ambiguity, which premieres tonight.
The show, based on the critically acclaimed book by Elliot Perlman, is a gripping psychological mystery told from the shifting perspective of six characters following a complicated chain of events triggered when a child is taken and relationships are thrown into crisis.
Marieke’s episode 3 screens on ABC and iview on April 27.
Kate’s latest comedy, The Rasputin Affair, opened last week at the Ensemble Theatre to rave reviews.
Late evening. The Moika Palace. Petrograd. 29th December, 1916. A group of like-minded individuals gather with a pink poisoned cupcake and a shared aim: to rid the world of one of history’s most despised characters – the mad monk Rasputin. There’s just one problem: Rasputin claims to be a messenger of God.
“Gorgeously written…tremendously funny and intelligent comedy” – Ben Neutze, The Daily Review
“…another theatrical coup for Kate Mulvany” – Carol Wimmer, Stage Whispers
“Smart, funny and a fast paced farce.” – Angus McPherson, Limelight
“…a hilarious, larger than life romp.” – Bronwyn Fullerton, Sydney Arts Guide
The Rasputin Affair is on at the Ensemble Theatre until April 30. For more information and how to book, click here.
Verity Laughton’s latest semi-verbatim audio-theatre production, Long Tan, has received terrific reviews after its brief season at STCSA’s Space Theatre.
On a hot, rain-sodden afternoon in 1966, in the glutinous mud of a rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, 105 Australian and three New Zealand soldiers clashed with approximately 2,500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army troops. In the ensuing battle, 18 Australians died (17 were killed in action and one died of wounds 9 days later) and more than 245 communist Vietnamese.
Long Tan brings together a cast of 12 actors in a unique production that parachutes audiences into the soldiers’ experience – gunfire, mortar fire, pounding rain, insect clouds, screams and sudden silence – all orchestrated with sonic intensity to capture the pandemonium and entrapment under fire.
“…a fine play about a tragic event and this exceptional production deserves a life far beyond this short season.” – Murray Bramwell, The Australian
“…a profound and often moving experience.” – Peter Burdon, The Advertiser
“…a moving and personal window into a dark corner of our country’s history.” – Jo Vabolis, Indaily
A big congratulations to Robyn Butler, Emma Freeman, and Lucy Gaffy for their nominations in the 2017 Australian Directors’ Guild Awards.
Robyn Butler has been nominated for the Esben Storm Award for Best Direction in Children’s TV for Little Lunch Special: The Nightmare Before Graduation, Emma Freeman is nominated for Best Direction in a TV Drama Series with Secret City and her direction on The Watchers episode, and Lucy Gaffy’s Dream Baby is also nominated for Best Direction in a Short Film.
The winners will be announced at the awards night on the 5th of May.
Filming has commenced in Wales on Kris’ 6×60 minute psychological thriller series, Requiem.
Directed solely by Mahalia Belo and written by Kris (episodes 1-4 and 6) and Blake Ayshford (episode 5), Requiem is a taut psychological thriller with subtle supernatural undertones, it avoids giving easy answers, playing instead on uncertainty and ambiguity, while interrogating our contemporary obsession with personal identity.
We all think we want to find out who we really are, but what if we don’t like the answer?
In 1994, a toddler disappears from a small Welsh town, never to be seen again. 23 years later, a talented young cellist’s life is turned upside down by her mother’s inexplicable suicide. In the wake of the tragedy, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about herself, embarking on a quest that leads her to that Welsh village. A place haunted by its own past, where the secrets she uncovers threaten to unravel her very identity.
The series is produced by Sue Breen and executive produced by Willow Grylls, Elaine Pyke and Charlie Pattinson for New Pictures, Kris Mrksa and Christopher Aird for BBC.
Catherine McKinnon and her new novel, Storyland, are featured in this week’s Spectrum.
Storyland consists of five interlocking stories spanning a millennia that takes the reader from the only historical record of Flinders and Bass’ first encounter with the Wadi Wadi people to the isolation of an early convict settlement and on to a distant, post-apocalyptic future.
For the full interview, click here.
Storyland is available in paperback and e-book here.
Adapted from Craig Silvey’s bestselling Australian novel and featuring a stellar cast including Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie and Aaron McGrath, JASPER JONES is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in Western Australia.
With costumes designed by Margot Wilson and edited by Veronika Jenet, both Cameron’s clients, this highly anticipated feature is screening in cinemas across Australia now.
Ross’ office-based comedy, A Strategic Plan, opens this coming Thursday at Griffin Theatre. The play – set in a small, non-for-profit arts company, STACCATO, which is dedicated to promoting music for young people in regional areas – was written in response to Brandis’ arts cuts. Andrew (Justin Smith), STACCATO’s CEO and former rock muso, has been parachuted in to save the company from oblivion. Mission accomplished, he’s setting his sights on implementing a bold, new strategic plan. But the Board has unanimously scrapped the plan and neglected to tell Andrew, leaving him adrift in a world of KPIs, performance reviews and a General Manager who refuses to return from his holiday in Thailand.
Patricia Cornelius’ Shit opened on Tuesday night at the Seymour Centre, as part of Sydney Festival’s 2017 program, to rave reviews.
Shit is a work about three such girls, Billy, Bobby and Sam. In it there’s not a single moment when they transcend their ugliness. There’s no indication of a better life – or, in fact, any inner life. They don’t believe in anything. They’re mean, foul-mouthed, downtrodden, hard-bitten, utterly damaged women. They’re neither salt of the earth nor sexy. They love no one and no one loves them. They believe the world is shit, that their lives are shit, that they are shit.
For more information and how to book, click here.
“The best written and made piece of local theatre in the Sydney Festival program so far, Patricia Cornelius’ unblinking study of three underclass women hits you like a slap in the face.”
★★★★ – Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
“Her use of language is, as always, blisteringly brilliant, merging a poeticism with the blunt, brutal way these women speak.”
★★★★ – Ben Neutze, Daily Review