Issue Details: First known date: 1998... 1998 Distant Lights from Dark Places : A Short Play for Four Actors
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This play 'consists of four simple narratives interwoven in their telling to form a dark portrait of contemporary life: A series of letters to an old lover, a one-sided conversation with a therapist, phone calls to an answering machine, a statement to police - all forms of communication travelling in the one direction. All unanswered cries for help. Bovell's stories are about secrets, real and imagined, and how they can poison relationships. This play is the basis from which he wrote the screenplay for the celebrated film, Lantana. (ABC Radio National)


  • Broadcast on ABC Radio National's Airplay on 20 August 2006 and on 6 April 2008.

Production Details

  • First performed at La Mama Theatre, Melbourne in 1994.

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  • Appears in:
    y Meanjin vol. 57 no. 1 1998 Z619712 1998 periodical issue 1998 pg. 184-197
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