Born: Established: 15 Jul 1948 Brighton ; Died: 11 Jul 2007 Melbourne
Richard Franklin was educated at Haileybury College, Melbourne, and began an arts degree at Monash University. He left the university to begin work in television prior to being accepted into the film school of the University of Southern California in 1967. Returning to Australia, Franklin directed television drama for Crawford Prodcutions as well as films such as Patrick (1978) and Roadgames (1981).
Following another stint in the USA, Franklin returned again to Australia. In his later years he was lecturer at the Swinburne School of Film and Television and, at the time of his death, was completing a PhD on the role of the director.
Sources: Graeme Blundell, 'Home-Grown Hitchcock Tapped the Alternative Genre', Australian 18 July 2007:16 and Brian Mcfarlane, 'Filmmaker Translated Passion for the Art with Wit and Precision', Age 20 July 2007: 5.
Three sisters (Meg, Pippa, and Hillary) reunite at the family home in the Australian seaside town of Sorrento, Victoria, after their father disappears. Meg, who has lived in England for ten years, has just written a critically acclaimed novel. The book causes a stir in Sorrento and in her family when people begin to suspect that it is not, as she claims, entirely fictional.