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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Dark Paradise
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'"Dark Paradise" by Noelle Janaczewska is the story of Japanese immigrant Jô Takasuka, who grew Australia's first commercial rice crop in 1914/15 - as told by a benshi, or silent film narrator.

'From the moment the Takasuka family arrive in Melbourne in 1905, they have to battle not only a harsh physical environment, but also a hostile political climate, thanks to the notorious "White Australia" policy. "Dark Paradise" is a fictionalised account of such a time and place. Noelle Janaczewska has imagined the life of Jo and his wife Ichiko in a script both lyrical and powerful.'

Source: ABC Radio National Airplay website,
Sighted: 10/08/2009

Production Details

  • Broadcast on ABC Radio National's Airplay, 9 August 2009.

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First known date: 2009


Last amended 24 Mar 2016 14:19:09
  • Melbourne, Victoria,
  • 1900s
  • 1910s
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