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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 I Am A Camera : Julia Blake
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'Julia Blake’s interest in drama began early in her life. She says: ‘I was always as a child fascinated by character and character faces and the way people walked … at first I wanted to be an artist and I was always sketching people. I mean always, compulsively’, she told me. As a young girl Julia learned ballet and took elocution lessons. Her parents encouraged her to enjoy the arts as a child in spite of their strict views on refraining from the more hedonistic arts. Blake’s family were conservative Primitive Congregationalists. Her father Fred Blake worked as a commercial artist and Edna was a homemaker who had enjoyed a good education but frowned on women working. Julia was an excellent student and completed an honours degree in drama and French at Bristol University, the only university in the UK that offered drama at that time. Blake’s first significant role was playing Sally Bowles in I Am a Camera in her final year of university. Blake recalls that this experience ‘changed things for me, in that I thought I can do this… And I knew that I was obsessive and passionate about it’.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Players : Australian Actors on Stage, Television and Film Anne Pender , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2016 10628863 2016 selected work biography

    'The Australian theatre, television and film industries are dynamic and creative in ways that could never have been imagined half a century ago. Since the 1950s these industries have expanded and demonstrated extraordinary vitality. Our vibrant Australian performing arts industry would not exist in its current form without the creative contribution of actors. Actors are the public face of the performing arts, carrying the immediate responsibility for the success of each show. Yet they are sometimes left out of theatre history. It is the actors, and often the characters they play, that we remember when we recall a favourite television program, film or play, long after we have seen it. It is the actors who make a play or a television program credible, enjoyable and memorable. The aim of the essays in this series is to document and interpret the specific contributions of actors who have worked in Australia for most of their lives, in order to understand their artistry and their world. The actors profiled in these pages came to maturity in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. They have shaped our ideas and our identity.' (Introduction)

    St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2016
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