The Gold Coast Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

MOVIE maker ex­traor­di­naire Phil Avalon (pic­tured) is usu­ally an un­stop­pable force when it comes to com­plet­ing a pro­ject. How­ever when it came to putting his life story down it was a dif­fer­ent mat­ter. “I had been com­mis­sioned to write my bi­og­ra­phy, From Steel City to Hol­ly­wood, but was con­stantly get­ting stuck. One of my friends is Olga Kay, a for­mer Rus­sian bal­let dancer, and she went out and bought a tape recorder and then forced me to tell a story on tape ev­ery day for three months. It worked, I got all my sto­ries down and the pub­lisher is happy so I had to find a way to thank her. My next film is a re­make of Sum­mer City, the 1977 film which launched Mel Gib­son’s ca­reer so when we start shoot­ing in Fe­bru­ary Olga will be one of my ex­tras.”

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