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A Personal History of the Australian Surf: Being the Confessions of a Straight Poofter (1981)


Sydney born theatre director Michael Blakemore returns from England for a nostalgic remembrance of his childhood on the Sydney beaches. His father, who developed young Michael’s love of the surf, wanted Michael to be a doctor, but Michael was set on a career in film and the stage.

Curator’s notes

A personal study of Michael Blakemore, a successful theatre director in the UK. He wrote the script, reads the commentary and occasionally appears on camera. It is amusing, witty, entertaining and gently revealing. Michael plays his own father in re-enactments.