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How the 1970s changed every­thing.

Ac­claimed Aus­tralian di­rec­tor Fred Schep­isi talks to David Craddock about the in­tense so­cial change re­shap­ing 1970s Aus­tralia, the break­ing down of bar­ri­ers, and di­rect­ing his daugh­ter in his adap­ta­tion of Pa­trick White’s novel

The Eye of the Storm.

The Eye of the Storm has a strange dy­namic in that au­di­ences are cack­ling away one mo­ment and, be­fore they know it, they’re in­cred­i­bly sad. Do films like that ap­peal to you?

Ab­so­lutely. If you’ve ever been to a funeral or any­thing like that – I’m not equat­ing that with this film – but peo­ple are al­ways stand­ing around griev­ing and sad but you can’t main­tain it. So out of that sit­u­a­tion there’s al­ways some humour that comes. Your emo­tions are a lit­tle raw and then sud­denly you’re laugh­ing and then you’re guilty be­cause you’re laugh­ing.

{ All good ac­tors need some­one watch­ing. I never go and sit by a mon­i­tor. I’m al­ways right by the cam­era so I see what the cam­era lens is see­ing live, be­cause

I have an in­tense con­cen­tra­tion on that }

Aus­tralian di­rec­tor Fred Schep­isi

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