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The Scribe: World Premiere

A film by Ruth Cullen followed by an In Conversation with Ruth Cullen, Carol Summerhayes and Eric Walsh moderated by Troy Bramston. Graham Freudenberg In Attendance.

Sunday 26 August 2018
4.00PM – 6.00PM
Members' Dining Room 1
Museum of Australian Democracy

The Scribe: A Film by Ruth Cullen.

This film is about the love of politics, about why politics matters and the passion behind the staffer. Join us for the World Premiere of The Scribe, a documentary about the acclaimed author and speechwriter Graham Freudenberg AM. Graham worked for the Australian Labor Party for over 40 years as press secretary and speechwriter to Arthur Calwell, Gough Whitlam, Neville Wran, Bob Hawke, Barrie Unsworth, Bob Carr and Simon Crean. Filmmaker Ruth Cullen will be joined by Carol Summerhayes, Personal Secretary 1972-75 to Gough Whitlam; and Eric Walsh, press secretary to Gough Whitlam from 1972-75. The panel will be moderated by journalist and political historian Troy Bramston.

Ruth Cullen is one of Australia’s most acclaimed documentary makers. She is known for her fearless and empathetic character portrayals and her willingness to seek out the untested. Her films have screened at film festivals all over the world. Ruth won the 2010 AFI/AACTA Award for Best Documentary for You Only Live Twice – the incredibly true story of the Hughes family (Producer). Her TV series About Men (Series Dir.& writer) received rave reviews, while Heat In the Kitchen (Series Director & cinematographer) launched the television careers of Luke Nguyen & Matthew Evans. Ruth has worked as an Industry Consultant to Screen Australia and Exec. Producer (Arts & Ent.) for the ABC. She is the former Head of Documentary at Australia’s premier film school AFTRS.

Troy Bramston has been a senior writer and columnist with The Australian newspaper, and a contributor to Sky News, since 2011. He was previously a columnist with The Sunday Telegraph. Troy is the author or editor of eight books, including Paul Keating: The Big-Picture Leader (2016), Rudd, Gillard and Beyond (2014), Looking for the Light on the Hill: Modern Labor’s Challenges (2011), and, co-authored with Paul Kelly, The Dismissal: In the Queen’s Name (2015). He is a Walkley Award finalist and winner of the Australian Book Industry Award. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.