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The Nights Belong to the Novelist

Australia, 1986 (MIFF 1987)

Director: Christina Wilcox

A daylight docu-drama about the West Australian novelist Elizabeth Jolley. who had careers as a nurse, door-to-door salesperson (failed) and real estate salesperson (also failed) The fabric of Jolley's life as she talks to us about her writing - its genesis, texture and themes - has been embossed with the dramatised reconstructions of the unforgettable world of Jolley's characters (which have been played superbly by Ruth Cracknell and Kerry Walker). The pluperfect documentary. Susan Stewart

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