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Richard Johnstone

Richard Johnstone is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and photography writer at Inside Story.

Richard Johnstone reviews ‘The Cinema of Britain and Ireland’ edited by Brian McFarlane

November 2005, no. 276 01 November 2005
Robert Murphy, in his contribution to this collection of essays on The Cinema of Britain and Ireland, focuses on a little-seen example of the ‘British noir tradition’, Robert Hamer’s The Long Memory (1952). Murphy makes a convincing case for The Long Memory, placing it in the frame with other, better-known contributions to the genre such as John Boulting’s Brighton Rock (1947), Hamer’s o ... (read more)

Richard Johnstone ‘Noeline: Longterm memoir’ by Noeline Brown and ‘Much Love, Jac X’ by Jacki Weaver

February 2006, no. 278 01 February 2006
In 1961 a young Noeline Brown was playing in Terence Rattigan’s The Sleeping Prince (1954) at the Pocket Playhouse in Sydenham – ‘just across the Princes Highway from Tempe Tip’, as she characteristically locates it – when Vivien Leigh, on tour with the Old Vic, came to see a specially arranged Sunday evening performance. From the moment she emerged from the chauffeured limousine, Leigh ... (read more)

Richard Johnstone reviews 'The Sparrow Garden' by Peter Skrzynecki

May 2004, no. 261 01 May 2004
In ‘St Patrick’s College’ a poem that appears in his 1975 collection Immigrant Chronicle, Peter Skrzynecki recalls the last day of school, when ‘mass was offered up for our departing intentions’, after which the young Peter makes his way home, ‘taking the right-hand turn out of Edgar Street for good’. It is characteristic of Skrzynecki that he should locate such a crucial turning poi ... (read more)

Richard Johnstone reviews 'A Story Dreamt Long Ago: A memoir' by Phyllis McDuff and 'The Boy in the Boat: A memoir' by Brian O’Raleigh

March 2004, no. 259 25 October 2022
We expect memoirs to be true – it is one of the main reasons we read them – but we have also grown accustomed over the years to the idea that, while the memoir may be true in spirit, events may not have happened exactly as described. Indeed, it is not unusual for the memoirist to include some prefatory remarks to that effect. Such caveats seem fair; we have come to see them as no more than ack ... (read more)