form y Nancy Wake series - publisher   film/TV  
Issue Details: First known date: 1987 1987
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Abstract

A mini-series tracing the wartime exploits of Nancy Wake, one of the most decorated Allied operatives of World War II.

The mini-series traces Nancy's marriage to French industrialist Henri Fiocca, their opposition to the Vichy government and involvement in the French Resistance, Henri's capture and death, and Nancy's activities behind enemy lines. Though Moran notes, in his Guide to Australian TV Series, that Wake's autobiography was the 'foundation around which the mini-series was based', he also notes that 'the real Nancy Wake was not entirely happy with the series and she made this known to all at the premiere.'

Moran is ultimately rather dismissive of the split focus of the mini-series, arguing that 'Part 1 has followed Henri into prison and torture, but the narrative effectively forgets this figure to concentrate on the super exploits of Nancy, the commando. This is a pity given the superb and moving performance of John Waters in the role of Henri as against the less interesting work of Noni Hazlehurst in the role of Nancy.'

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Works about this Work

The Power of Film Captures Our Lives in War Garry Maddox , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 25 April 2012; (p. 3)
The Power of Film Captures Our Lives in War Garry Maddox , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 25 April 2012; (p. 3)
Settings:
  • c
    France,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1939-1945