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The Maitland and Morpeth String Quartet (1989)

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clip ‘At dawn, the Hunter River broke’

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As the town of Maitland is inundated by the flood, Leo, drawn by the sound of music, rescues Miss Costello and her cats from her rooftop. Voice-over narration is by Ruth Cracknell.

Curator’s notes

In this whimsical sequence, music proves to be an escape from individual constraint as well as from a natural disaster. The animated drawings provide a delightful visual image of the poem’s ‘crazy gable’ in which Miss Costello, wearing a dressing gown, her long hair flying and surrounded by her pet cats, plays her cello with abandon on her rooftop as the floodwaters swirl beneath her.

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