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Age Of Consent by Norman Lindsay

Norman Lindsay - Age of Consent

I liked this a lot! Funny and wise and particularly of interest to artists. Being as it is a novel by a very great artist, about an artist and the process of creativity. It’s about a man struggling to survive on his art in 1930s Australia. In a way, Norman is giving us the key to his own commercial success….but much more than that, he’s showing us how the creative mind works. His artist character is shy, awkward, loner of a guy with his doggie sidekick. He certainly doesn’t come across as genius material. He is however a kind and honest man, and that helps fate to help him in all sorts of amusing ways.
The girl brings him exaclty what he needs…a subject. One that both inspires his best efforts and proves commercially viable. Seemingly paintings of nubile underage girls are easy to sell.


Norman succeeds as a comic writer, because his boldly drawn characters are truly hilarious, and he combines them in very amusing ways. As well as being funny he’s also real and earthy and knowing. You could wince a little at the female characters…the wicked old (alchoholic) grandmother, the hysterical middle aged spinster, the simple but powerful girl. But you do have to respect their three dimensionality. The male characters are every bit as ridiculous and much less in control. Life rings true when it is ridiculous.

The girl really is powerful! You look at Normans women in his art and they are always powerful! He likes bold physicality. This girl is not stupid, though not educated. She is struggling hard to escape her poverty prison, and the artist is her good fortune as well. She is very much the director of the action, if you know what I mean. He is hopelessly repressed and shy. She is a joyous affirmation of life to arise and thrive in the most adverse circumstances. Norman knows how the bottom half live thats for sure. He is very real! And his eyes are wide open to the gloriousness of the seaside landscape and its inhabitant.

Lovely illustrations as well of course. You can see why it hasn’t been canonized though. Problematic to say the least….
But hugely enjoyable.
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Helen Mirren's nude scenes in a Australian film were too hot for most, writes Garry Maddox. It's a very different Helen Mirren. Instead of the iron-willed detective from Prime Suspect , a dame of the British theatre or the authoritative voice of a computer in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , it's an earthy young sex symbol, all breasts and bum, on a sunny Queensland beach. It was a time of firsts: her first trip to Australia; her first film; her introduction to such stellar film-making company as director Michael Powell and actor James Mason; and her first time playing an Australian. I wasn't exactly young but I was younger than a or year-old would be nowadays. In fact, Mirren was a year or two older and her theatrical credentials were underlined in the film's credits.

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In her first substantial film role, a then year-old Helen Mirren made a literal and figurative splash, playing a beach babe living on a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef. Mirren plays Cora, a breathtakingly beautiful Queenslander who lives on Dunk Island where the film was shot and becomes the muse of famous painter Bradley Morahan James Mason. The scotch-swilling over-the-hill Australian artist, who has been living in New York, has lost his drive and absconded home to reset his creative batteries. Bradley bunkers down in a rickety wooden shack on the picturesque island, where lush postcard-like images from cinematographer Hannes Staudinger recall paintings seen during the opening credits. The first time Mirren appears, she is wearing a wet pinkish-purple dress with sandy blonde hair and frayed straw hat.

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The screenplay by Peter Yeldham was adapted from the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Norman Lindsay , who died the year this film was released. He decides that he needs to regain the edge he had as a young artist and returns to Australia. He sets up in a shack on the shore of a small, sparsely inhabited island on the Great Barrier Reef. There he meets young Cora Ryan Helen Mirren , who has grown up wild, with her only relative, her difficult, gin -guzzling grandmother 'Ma' Neva Carr Glyn. To earn money, Cora sells Bradley fish that she has caught in the sea. She later sells him a chicken which she has stolen from his spinster neighbour Isabel Marley Andonia Katsaros. When Bradley is suspected of being the thief, he pays Isabel and gets Cora to promise not to steal any more.

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  1. Bradley Morahan James Mason is a famous Australian painter, paying a lot of alimony and about to return to his homeland.

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