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form y Romulus, My Father single work   film/TV  
Adaptation of Romulus, My Father Raimond Gaita 1998 single work biography
Issue Details: First known date: 2007 2007
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Film adaptation of Raymond Gaita's biography.

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Walking in Her Footsteps : Migration, Adaptation, and the Mother’s Journey in Romulus, My Father Fincina Hopgood , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Adaptation , March vol. 9 no. 1 2016; (p. 22-34)
'Philosopher Raimond Gaita’s acclaimed and much-loved memoir of his childhood in 1950s rural Victoria, Romulus, My Father (1998), was adapted for a feature film in 2007, starring Eric Bana and Franka Potente. Gaita worked closely with the film’s director, Australian actor Richard Roxburgh, and scriptwriter, English poet Nick Drake, throughout the scripting process, and wrote an extended introduction to the published screenplay. While speaking highly of the film’s production team and admiring the finished film in this introduction, Gaita’s subsequent writing in After Romulus, a collection of essays published in 2011, reveals his unease with the film’s portrayal of the character Christina, based on his mother who suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness and committed suicide at the age of 29. This article examines the dialogic relationship between the three texts of memoir, film, and essay and their attempts to empathetically imagine the life of Christine Gaita.'
Filling the Frame Vicky Roach , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 June 2015; (p. 31)
A Rake's Progress Megan Lehmann , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 1 February 2014; (p. 20-23)
y Reel Locations : The Ultimate Travel Guide to Aussie Films Anthony Roberts , Prahran : Explore Australia , 2011 Z1793927 2011 single work prose travel 'Did you know that because baby pigs grow at an alarming rate, 48 pigs were used for the filming of Babe? Or that the town of Poowong in South Gippsland was selected for the premier of Kenny? Reel Locations: The Ultimate Travel Guide to Aussie Films is a book for anyone with an interest in Australian films - and for those wanting to relive the magic that was created. Covering 20 iconic Australian flicks, film buff Anthony Roberts not only details what locations were used for particular scenes, but also offers travel information on what you'll see if you visit these locations now, as well as where to eat and where to stay. A vibrant design, film stills and many quirky facts round out this enjoyable book that is ideal for both armchair travellers and eager tourists.' (Publisher's blurb)
y After Romulus Raimond Gaita , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2011 Z1794628 2011 single work autobiography 'In 1998, Raimond Gaita's Romulus, My Father was first published—the story of his father who came to Australia from Europe with his young wife Christine and their four-year-old son after the end of the Second World War. In the isolated landscape of country Victoria, Christine succumbed to mental illness, and a series of tragedies befell the family. Described as 'a profound meditation on love and death, madness and truth, judgment and compassion', Romulus, My Father became an instant classic. Now, thirteen years later, and four years after the release of the film, Raimond Gaita has put together this collection in which he reflects on the writing of the book, the making of the film, his relationship to the desolate beauty of the central Victorian landscape, the philosophies that underpinned his father's relationship to the world and, most movingly, the presence and absence of his mother and his unassuaged longing for her.' (Publisher's blurb)
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13 - 14 August 2011; (p. 19)
A column canvassing current literary news.
Movie of the Week Doug Anderson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25 January 2010; (p. 18)

— Review of Romulus, My Father Nick Drake 2007 single work film/TV
Tinkering at the Borders : Lucky Miles and the Diasporic (No) Road Movie Catherine Simpson , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Diasporas of Australian Cinema 2009; (p. 29-40)
'During the late 1990s and early 2000s, independent political documentaries, including Clara Law's Letters to Ali (2004) and Tom Zubrycki's Molly and Mobarak (2003), contested the prevailing anti-asylum-seeker discourse in Australian media. Australian feature film-making, however, had been noticeably silent on this issue until the release of Michael James Rowland's debut, Lucky Miles (2007). This film revolves around the quest of three exiles to seek civilization, resist capture and survive in the desert after being abandoned by an Indonesian fishing vessel in remote Western Australia. Pursued by an Army Reservist unit that seems more interested in fishing and football than the (seemingly impossible) task of maintaining border integrity, the three exiles become more and more lost as they wander deeper into the desert.' (p. 29)
The Hot Seat : Richard Roxburgh Garry Maddox , 2007 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 May 2007; (p. 4-5)
My Father, My Story Deborah Bogle , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 May 2007; (p. 16)
Romulus Revisited Rachel Buchanan , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 26 May 2007; (p. 14)
Story Inspired Actor's Role Change Des Partridge , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 May 2007; (p. 11)
Vision of Integrity Simon Weaving , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 May 2007; (p. 9)
Migrant Story Touches Bana Michael Gadd , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 June 2007; (p. 14)
Romulus, My Father: From Book to Screenplay to Film Raimond Gaita , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Romulus, My Father 2007; (p. vii-xxiv) The Australian Literary Review , June vol. 2 no. 5 2007; (p. 20-21)
Raimond Gaita ponders his reasons for writing Romulus, My Father and reflects on its transformation into film.
A Film That Glows with the Humanity of My Father, Romulus Raimond Gaita , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 23 June 2007; (p. 27)
You Ought to Be in Pictures Sandy George , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 July 2007; (p. 16)
This article discusses the reluctance of Australian filmakers to adapt literary sources to films. Publishers and agents were invited to identify books with strong cinematic poential from their own catalogues. Five film producers decided that eleven (ten from Australia and one from Scotland) would be discussed at the 2007 Melbourne International Film Festival
It's All in the Timing Rodney Chester , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 - 26 August 2007; (p. 5)

— Review of The Home Song Stories Tony Ayres 2007 single work film/TV
Capturing the Pain Within Fincina Hopgood , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 8 september 2007; (p. 21)
Truth, Writing and National Belonging in Romulus, My Father Brigitta Olubas , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , December no. 43 2007;
'Brigitta Olubas considers the "special propensity" of memoir to open up questions of self and time "within the sweep of experience of the nation"' (publisher's website)
Actor Moves in a New Direction Des Partridge , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier Mail , 19 - 20 May 2007; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Romulus, My Father Nick Drake 2007 single work film/TV
The Man in the Dark Sandra Hall , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 May 2007; (p. 15)

— Review of Romulus, My Father Nick Drake 2007 single work film/TV
Untitled 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 3 June 2007; (p. 40)

— Review of Romulus, My Father Nick Drake 2007 single work film/TV
Lost between the Lines Evan Williams , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 June 2007; (p. 22)

— Review of Romulus, My Father Nick Drake 2007 single work film/TV
Strong, Silent Romulus Rania Ghandour , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 2 June 2007; (p. 11)

— Review of Romulus, My Father Nick Drake 2007 single work film/TV
Battler's Tale Set to Become a Classic Rob Lowing , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 3 June 2007; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Romulus, My Father Nick Drake 2007 single work film/TV
Family in Focus Craig Mathieson , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 12 June vol. 125 no. 6573 2007; (p. 64)

— Review of Romulus, My Father Nick Drake 2007 single work film/TV
Childhood Revisted Deborah Bogle , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 - 10 June 2007; (p. 23)

— Review of Romulus, My Father Nick Drake 2007 single work film/TV ; Romulus, My Father Raimond Gaita 1998 single work biography
Note-Perfect Paean Nick Prescott , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 293 2007; (p. 24-25)

— Review of Romulus, My Father Nick Drake 2007 single work film/TV
Redemptive Romulus a Film for the Ages Tim Kroenert , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 14 June vol. 17 no. 11 2007;

— Review of Romulus, My Father Nick Drake 2007 single work film/TV
Movie of the Week Doug Anderson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25 January 2010; (p. 18)

— Review of Romulus, My Father Nick Drake 2007 single work film/TV
The Hot Seat : Richard Roxburgh Garry Maddox , 2007 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 May 2007; (p. 4-5)
My Father, My Story Deborah Bogle , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 May 2007; (p. 16)
Romulus Revisited Rachel Buchanan , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 26 May 2007; (p. 14)
Story Inspired Actor's Role Change Des Partridge , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 May 2007; (p. 11)
Vision of Integrity Simon Weaving , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 May 2007; (p. 9)
Migrant Story Touches Bana Michael Gadd , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 June 2007; (p. 14)
Romulus, My Father: From Book to Screenplay to Film Raimond Gaita , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Romulus, My Father 2007; (p. vii-xxiv) The Australian Literary Review , June vol. 2 no. 5 2007; (p. 20-21)
Raimond Gaita ponders his reasons for writing Romulus, My Father and reflects on its transformation into film.
A Film That Glows with the Humanity of My Father, Romulus Raimond Gaita , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 23 June 2007; (p. 27)
You Ought to Be in Pictures Sandy George , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 July 2007; (p. 16)
This article discusses the reluctance of Australian filmakers to adapt literary sources to films. Publishers and agents were invited to identify books with strong cinematic poential from their own catalogues. Five film producers decided that eleven (ten from Australia and one from Scotland) would be discussed at the 2007 Melbourne International Film Festival
It's All in the Timing Rodney Chester , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 - 26 August 2007; (p. 5)

— Review of The Home Song Stories Tony Ayres 2007 single work film/TV
Capturing the Pain Within Fincina Hopgood , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 8 september 2007; (p. 21)
Truth, Writing and National Belonging in Romulus, My Father Brigitta Olubas , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , December no. 43 2007;
'Brigitta Olubas considers the "special propensity" of memoir to open up questions of self and time "within the sweep of experience of the nation"' (publisher's website)
Tinkering at the Borders : Lucky Miles and the Diasporic (No) Road Movie Catherine Simpson , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Diasporas of Australian Cinema 2009; (p. 29-40)
'During the late 1990s and early 2000s, independent political documentaries, including Clara Law's Letters to Ali (2004) and Tom Zubrycki's Molly and Mobarak (2003), contested the prevailing anti-asylum-seeker discourse in Australian media. Australian feature film-making, however, had been noticeably silent on this issue until the release of Michael James Rowland's debut, Lucky Miles (2007). This film revolves around the quest of three exiles to seek civilization, resist capture and survive in the desert after being abandoned by an Indonesian fishing vessel in remote Western Australia. Pursued by an Army Reservist unit that seems more interested in fishing and football than the (seemingly impossible) task of maintaining border integrity, the three exiles become more and more lost as they wander deeper into the desert.' (p. 29)
y Reel Locations : The Ultimate Travel Guide to Aussie Films Anthony Roberts , Prahran : Explore Australia , 2011 Z1793927 2011 single work prose travel 'Did you know that because baby pigs grow at an alarming rate, 48 pigs were used for the filming of Babe? Or that the town of Poowong in South Gippsland was selected for the premier of Kenny? Reel Locations: The Ultimate Travel Guide to Aussie Films is a book for anyone with an interest in Australian films - and for those wanting to relive the magic that was created. Covering 20 iconic Australian flicks, film buff Anthony Roberts not only details what locations were used for particular scenes, but also offers travel information on what you'll see if you visit these locations now, as well as where to eat and where to stay. A vibrant design, film stills and many quirky facts round out this enjoyable book that is ideal for both armchair travellers and eager tourists.' (Publisher's blurb)
y After Romulus Raimond Gaita , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2011 Z1794628 2011 single work autobiography 'In 1998, Raimond Gaita's Romulus, My Father was first published—the story of his father who came to Australia from Europe with his young wife Christine and their four-year-old son after the end of the Second World War. In the isolated landscape of country Victoria, Christine succumbed to mental illness, and a series of tragedies befell the family. Described as 'a profound meditation on love and death, madness and truth, judgment and compassion', Romulus, My Father became an instant classic. Now, thirteen years later, and four years after the release of the film, Raimond Gaita has put together this collection in which he reflects on the writing of the book, the making of the film, his relationship to the desolate beauty of the central Victorian landscape, the philosophies that underpinned his father's relationship to the world and, most movingly, the presence and absence of his mother and his unassuaged longing for her.' (Publisher's blurb)
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13 - 14 August 2011; (p. 19)
A column canvassing current literary news.
A Rake's Progress Megan Lehmann , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 1 February 2014; (p. 20-23)
Filling the Frame Vicky Roach , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 June 2015; (p. 31)
Walking in Her Footsteps : Migration, Adaptation, and the Mother’s Journey in Romulus, My Father Fincina Hopgood , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Adaptation , March vol. 9 no. 1 2016; (p. 22-34)
'Philosopher Raimond Gaita’s acclaimed and much-loved memoir of his childhood in 1950s rural Victoria, Romulus, My Father (1998), was adapted for a feature film in 2007, starring Eric Bana and Franka Potente. Gaita worked closely with the film’s director, Australian actor Richard Roxburgh, and scriptwriter, English poet Nick Drake, throughout the scripting process, and wrote an extended introduction to the published screenplay. While speaking highly of the film’s production team and admiring the finished film in this introduction, Gaita’s subsequent writing in After Romulus, a collection of essays published in 2011, reveals his unease with the film’s portrayal of the character Christina, based on his mother who suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness and committed suicide at the age of 29. This article examines the dialogic relationship between the three texts of memoir, film, and essay and their attempts to empathetically imagine the life of Christine Gaita.'
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