Creating Australian Television Drama: A screenwriting history by Susan Lever

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October 2020, no. 425
Moya Costello reviews 'Creating Australian Television Drama: A screenwriting history' by Susan Lever

Creating Australian Television Drama: A screenwriting history

by Susan Lever

Australian Scholarly Publishing, $39.95 pb, 290 pp

Creating Australian Television Drama: A screenwriting history by Susan Lever

Reviewed by
October 2020, no. 425

‘It is necessary in each situation,’ Jacques Derrida stated in 2007, in one of many instances of writing on writing, ‘to create an appropriate mode of exposition … to take into account the presumed or desired addressee.’ This was the phenomenon I sought while reading Susan Lever’s book on screenwriting for Australian television drama.

The various bookends among which to stack the text’s potential readers – writer, academic, student, and sentimental Australian of a certain age – are the disciplines of creative writing, media, culture, and history, and the purposes of knowledge and entertainment. It is a book for wannabe scriptwriters, television buffs, and Australian-nostalgia tragics. As a tragic myself, among the shows I immediately looked up were Pastures of the Blue Crane (1969), Bellbird (1967–77) and Sea Change (1998–2000).

Moya Costello reviews 'Creating Australian Television Drama: A screenwriting history' by Susan Lever

Creating Australian Television Drama: A screenwriting history

by Susan Lever

Australian Scholarly Publishing, $39.95 pb, 290 pp

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