Hard-boiled Noir

Updated: 16/1/2019 Growing up, I loved classic films. Some of my favourites included the Humphrey Bogart films 'The Big Sleep' "The Maltese Falcon" and "Key Largo". The fact they were black and white never bothered me. Latter there was a faze of airing colorised versions on TV, but something seemed to have been decidedly lacking.... Continue Reading →

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The Creative Space

When I was in theatre, anywhere that a performance was taking place became the ‘creative space’. It didn’t matter whether we were up on a stage in a grand theatre, inside a classroom o r outside in a park. The space became part of the creative process. During a unit on Community Theatre we were... Continue Reading →

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The Climate Phenomena Series (1 of 3)

An Unpredictable Political ClimateParis – the city of love. The name conjures up images of The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and The Louvre with the great works of Monet and the mischievous Mona Lisa. Or perhaps you prefer sitting in at a small café with a latte and croissant. Forget it, you can’t afford it,... Continue Reading →

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Is Postmodern Theatre still relevant in a postmodern world: A look at the educational benefits for actors and audience of Bertold Brecht’s ‘Epic Theatre’ and Antonin Artaud’s ‘Theatre of Cruelty’.

In Brief: This paper is revisiting the postmodern theatre concepts of ‘Epic Theatre’ and ‘Theatre of Cruelty’, as well as their benefits and whether they are still relevant to both students of theatre and audiences in the world today. The paper will look at different intersecting topics through a series of questions and ideas: Postmodern... Continue Reading →

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Furious Fiction June – SHORTLISTED

I'm really excited that this months entry was shortlisted!!!  If you would like to read the judges comments as well as the winning and other shortlisted stories please visit the Australian Writers Centre Furious Fiction June This months entry had a twist on the criteria with the picture below as the starting point. Hope you... Continue Reading →

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Private Emotions (novella)

This story was written as part of a course 'The Novella' in 2014. *Disclaimer* This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to any persons is purely accidental.  If you are interested in the Exegesis for this story, please click the word document below Exegesis Private Emotions It was the last time we were ever... Continue Reading →

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Hard-boiled Noir

The Writing Enigma

Updated: 16/1/2019

Growing up, I loved classic films. Some of my favourites included the Humphrey Bogart films ‘The Big Sleep’ “The Maltese Falcon” and “Key Largo”. The fact they were black and white never bothered me. Latter there was a faze of airing colorised versions on TV, but something seemed to have been decidedly lacking. In year 12 I studied the novel of “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler and here I first heard the term ‘Hard-boiled’ detective story. I was the only person who had heard of the story and bought my VHS in for the class to watch (I’m sowing my age here am I not). The teacher mentioned it was a noir film, but didn’t go into explanations. I assumed it was just because it was black and white (noir meaning black), but it was actually more then that.

Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 1.36.49 pm.png “The Big Sleep” – image via IMDB

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