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Adaptation of The Jetty : The Original Story Outline Hal Porter , 1978 single work prose
Issue Details: First known date: 1973... 1973 The Child
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The second of four short films that comprise the feature film Libido, 'The Child' is set during the 1910s. The protagonist is a child whose father has left. The boy watches as first his mother and then his governess have affairs with a local man, with tragic consequences. The story deals essentially with the child's inner emotions and the disturbance that sudden exposure to overt sexuality in an adult world can cause.

Notes

  • An adaptation by Tim Burstall of Hal Porter's original story outline The Jetty.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    form y separately published work icon Libido Producers' and Directors' Guild of Australia , Australia : Producers' and Directors' Guild of Australia , 1973 Z1663315 1973 anthology film/TV

    Four short films combined as one release, Libido is concerned with the erotic drive within us all.

    Two episodes deal openly with underlying psychological aspects of the sex-drive: 'The Husband,' which examines the paranoia of a somewhat immature husband who becomes more vulnerable as a result of his wife's emancipation and growing sense of independence, and 'The Priest,' which focuses on the traumatic effects of church dogma and belief on the minds of a priest and a nun in love.

    For 'The Child' and 'The Family Man,' the psychological aspects are more implied than overt: 'The Child' deals with a child's inner emotions and the disturbance that sudden exposure to overt sexuality in an adult world can cause, while 'The Family Man' reveals the ugliness and contempt for women that sexual desire can generate in certain men, those in whose minds the qualities of love and respect are either undeveloped or non-existent.

    Australia : Producers' and Directors' Guild of Australia , 1973
Form: screenplay
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Overland no. 71 1978 Z594205 1978 periodical issue 1978 pg. 11-21

Works about this Work

The Final Rally : Tim Burstall Tim Burstall , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , no. 71 1978; (p. 26-27)

Tim Burstall's response to Hal Porter's criticism of Burstall's adaptation of Porter's film outline The Jetty.

The Author's 1977 Views: Afterthoughts : Hal Porter Hal Porter , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , no. 71 1978; (p. 24-27) Hal Porter 1980; (p. 335-340)
Hal Porter expresses his unhappiness with the adaptation of his film outline The Jetty by Tim Burstall for Burstall's film The Child.
The Author's Initial Response - Segment from an Interview 1978 extract interview
— Appears in: Overland , no. 71 1978; (p. 22)
This extract is probably from an interview by the Producers' and Directors' Guild of Victoria of Hal Porter. Porter quotes from this interview in his criticism The Author's 1977 Views : Afterthoughts.
The Directors Talk Tim Burstall , David Baker , John B. Murray , Fred Schepisi , 1978 single work interview
— Appears in: Overland , no. 71 1978; (p. 22-24)
Burstall, Baker, Murray and Schepisi discuss Hal Porter's outline The Jetty and Tim Burstall's adaptation of the outline into the film The Child.
Comments on 'The Jetty' : Response to Hal Porter's Story Tim Burstall , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , no. 71 1978; (p. 9-10)
The Author's Initial Response - Segment from an Interview 1978 extract interview
— Appears in: Overland , no. 71 1978; (p. 22)
This extract is probably from an interview by the Producers' and Directors' Guild of Victoria of Hal Porter. Porter quotes from this interview in his criticism The Author's 1977 Views : Afterthoughts.
The Author's 1977 Views: Afterthoughts : Hal Porter Hal Porter , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , no. 71 1978; (p. 24-27) Hal Porter 1980; (p. 335-340)
Hal Porter expresses his unhappiness with the adaptation of his film outline The Jetty by Tim Burstall for Burstall's film The Child.
The Final Rally : Tim Burstall Tim Burstall , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , no. 71 1978; (p. 26-27)

Tim Burstall's response to Hal Porter's criticism of Burstall's adaptation of Porter's film outline The Jetty.

Comments on 'The Jetty' : Response to Hal Porter's Story Tim Burstall , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , no. 71 1978; (p. 9-10)
The Directors Talk Tim Burstall , David Baker , John B. Murray , Fred Schepisi , 1978 single work interview
— Appears in: Overland , no. 71 1978; (p. 22-24)
Burstall, Baker, Murray and Schepisi discuss Hal Porter's outline The Jetty and Tim Burstall's adaptation of the outline into the film The Child.
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