Film

Bruce Beresford and the Australian Jane Austen

When Clive James showed director Bruce Beresford a novel by his friend Madeleine St John, The Women in Black, in London in 1993, neither men knew that St John’s simple tale of late-1950s Sydney life would not leave the film-maker in peace until he could finally realise his dream of a film adaptation twenty-five years later. James said the book “evoked the collision of modern European history and the still-awakening Australian culture”. James and St John had known each other at Sydney University in 1959 when she had been a sub-editor on the university paper he edited, Honi Soit. James…

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