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Great review! http://whisperinggums.com/2014/03/13/sue-milliken-selective-memory-a-life-in-film-review/
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“This is an especially sane and generous book, lucidly written, and shot through with a fine sense of comedy. All students of the movie business – meaning principally commercial feature-films – should read it.“ Sylvia Lawson
Sue Milliken is a legend in the Australian film industry. She was at the forefront of the 1970s film renaissance, producing classics such as The Odd Angry Shot and The Fringe Dwellers, and was one of the first women in Australia to achieve prominence as a producer.
Sue has produced the following films, available from Umbrella Entertainment.
My Brother Jack
Dating the Enemy
Les Patterson Saves the World
The Fringe Dwellers
Past president of the Screen Producers’ Association of Australia and Life Member, Sue Milliken was a former Chair of the Australian Film Commission and served on the Film and Literature Board of Review. She was awarded an AO in 2008 for her services to the film and television industry. Selective Memory is her detailed memoir about the Australian film industry, with inside stories about how remarkable it is that films ever get financed and made, and the many often bizarre situations facing a producer.
This fascinating book by Sue Milliken – one of the few written by a film producer – is a forthright and witty account of the career, so far, of an immensely capable and talented producer, whose skills are held in awe by everyone in the Australian film industry and whose name is known and respected by production companies world-wide.” Bruce Beresford
Read about Sue’s relationship with Bruce Beresford and her new book, There’s a Fax From Bruce, here.
Sue Milliken has met and worked with some unforgettable characters, including Sidney Nolan, George Johnston and Charmian Clift, Frank Thring, John Meillon, Graham Kennedy, John Hargreaves, Bryan Brown, Graeme Blundell and Barry Humphries and legendary Hollywood producer Dino de Laurentiis. She’s had more than the occasional brush with the Hollywood, endured freezing nights with supermodels in the Blue Mountains and launched the career of many an internationally renowned actor, including Cate Blanchet.
The book includes a number of photos and a foreword by director Bruce Beresford, who has worked closely with Sue.
‘Huge congratulations Sue – it is an extraordinary tome – accurate, interesting, honest and very very funny. Your life seems crammed into 255 pages but I guess that is OK because it is quite obvious that you have had enormous fun along the way too.’ L. S.
‘What a great read the book is. Just finished it! (so obviously I found it compelling.) Gives such a good picture of filmmaking in Oz. Frank but not mean. M. A.
‘Thank you for Selective Memory. Thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m going to make it compulsory reading for anyone who wants – or more importantly NEEDS – to know what a real producer actually does. At the very least every single Board Member of every single Government Agency! … it’s far more valuable than any film school degree. Congratulations. A fabulous achievement, not just as book but as a mark of recognition for a wonderful career.’ S.T.