Brian McFarlane has had three sometimes overlapping careers. First was as a school teacher after graduating from the University of Melbourne: he taught in schools in Victoria and England, ending this career with fifteen years at Trinity Grammar, Kew, Victoria. Second, he became a full-time academic after several samplings as a part-time tutor while still at Trinity, and he spent his last ten years very happily at Monash University, teaching literature, film, and film-and-literature. Now, third, he has become a writer, and writing incessantly is what he does – when, that is, he is not reading the books and watching the films he needs to read or watch in order to write about them. His latest book is his light-hearted memoir, Real and Reel: The Education of a Film Obsessive and Critic (2010). He is now writing a study of the lives and careers of John McCallum and Googie Withers.