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Bruce Dawe

Bruce Dawe is one of the biggest selling and most highly regarded of Australian poets, known as ÒThe Poet of SuburbiaÓ.
Series : Australian Biography Series 6 | Year : 1997 | Total Duration : 26 Minutes | Producer : Robin Hughes, Linda Kruger
Director : Robin Hughes, Linda Kruger |
Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, sitting in kitchen talking about poem based on his mother's desire to settle down in one place as they were always moving around. Archival b&w footage, 1950s truck laden with household furniture pulling out of driveway onto road, three children sitting on roof. Super: Drifters. Interview Bruce Dawe reading poem from book ÒSometimes GladnessÓ.
Access No. 132408 | 1 min 2 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival b&w footage pan POV truck house and garden shed.
Access No. 132409 | 7 secs | 1940s | Australia | © Film World | B&W |
Archival b&w footage, 1950s truck laden (loaded) with furniture and household items slowly driving away down dirt country road. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, reading poem from book ÒSometimes GladnessÓ. Super.
Access No. 132410 | 17 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Bruce Dawe as a young boy, 1930s. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about his father being away from home alot, himself being too young to be aware of the family tensions. B&W photo Bruce Dawe as boy with older brother George. B&W photo Bruce's sister Ethyl. Interview Bruce about his father being a farm labourer.
Access No. 132411 | 52 secs | 1930s | Australia | © Bruce Dawe | Colour |
Archival b&w footage, 1930s VS farm workers tossing hay, forking hay onto horse-drawn cart, pan across farm fields. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about his brother going looking for work as well as their father, during the Depression years.
Access No. 132412 | 21 secs | 1930s | Australia | © Film World | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Bruce Dawe as young boy sitting on shoulder of older brother George. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about his father's various enterprises.
Access No. 132413 | 23 secs | Various | Australia | © Bruce Dawe | Colour |
Archival b&w footage, 1940s VS dressed up men and women at country picnic races, MS horses legs racing along track. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about father's hopes for racehorse called Pink Lady. Archival b&w footage pan across wheatfield. Super: Little Red Fox.
Access No. 132414 | 24 secs | 1940s | Australia | © Film World | Colour |
Still b&w photograph portrait of Bruce Dawe's father. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, reading poem. B&W photo Bruce's father holding fox on chain. Bruce Dawe reading poem. Detail previous photo zoom to Bruce's father holding fox. Interview Bruce Dawe talking about starting to write when he was very young. B&W photo pan from older sister Ethyl down to young Bruce sticking out tongue, Ethyl's arms around him. B&W photo Bruce as boy with older sister Ethyl and her baby daughter.
Access No. 132415 | 1 min 33 secs | Various | Australia | © Bruce Dawe | Colour |
Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about being fourth and youngest in his family, over 20 years younger than his siblings. Still b&w photograph Bruce's sisters with bicycles. B&W photo young Bruce with brother George on motorcycle. B&W photo Bruce as young boy carrying small toy horse. B&W photo Bruce as young boy sitting on bike. Interview Bruce about being the only child in the family furthering his education past primary school.
Access No. 132416 | 43 secs | Various | Australia | © Bruce Dawe | Colour |
Archival b&w footage, 1940s, teenage schoolboys and school bus, boys put hands up to teacher at head of classroom. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about reasons for dropping out of high school, having had disagreement with his maths teacher.
Access No. 132417 | 48 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival b&w footage, 1940s hand pulling out catalogue drawer and going through cards. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about making decision to leave school and getting job in a lawyer's office.
Access No. 132418 | 19 secs | 1940s | Australia | © Film World | Colour |
Archival b&w footage, 1950s high shot people at work in busy office, pan of messy desk. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about being let go from job in lawyers' office.
Access No. 132419 | 21 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Bruce Dawe as young man in front of paling fence. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about sometimes living with his mother while he was working different jobs, having disagreement with his mother over her wanting to breed Pekinese dogs. B&W photo Bruce's mother with Pekinese dog. Interview Bruce about leaving home but keeping in contact with his family, going to university.
Access No. 132420 | 1 min 33 secs | Various | Australia | © Bruce Dawe | Colour |
Archival b&w footage, circa 1950s students arriving at night school. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about going to night school, matriculating and going on to university, always wanting to drop out of things partly to do with lack of confidence, switching from his daytime social interaction with uneducated people to nighttime education at school.
Access No. 132421 | 1 min 51 secs | 1950s | Australia | © Film World | Colour |
Still b&w photograph college students walking in group outside college building, 1950s. Detail photo MS pan across students. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about mixing with other university students, his contemporaries and other writers being very magnanimous and generous towards him.
Access No. 132422 | 1 min 9 secs | 1950s | Australia | © Bruce Dawe | Colour |
Archival b&w footage, 1950s university students in classroom (tutorial), students sitting in row. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about being philosophical about failing university.
Access No. 132423 | 27 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Bruce Dawe at university. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about leaving university and working various jobs including handyman gardening and postman.
Access No. 132424 | 28 secs | Various | Australia | © Bruce Dawe | Colour |
Archival b&w footage, 1940s postman collecting mail bag at depot, walking along street, delivering post to boy at gate. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about enjoying work as a postman but finding it limiting, deciding to join the services. Archival b&w footage, 1950s Australian army soldiers (RAAF) carrying out drill with rifles, WS soldiers marching and coming to halt. Super: Weapons Training. Interview Bruce reading poem about army training.
Access No. 132425 | 1 min 34 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Bruce Dawe as young man in RAAF uniform. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about little reaction to his opposition to the Vietnam War while he was in the air force. B&W photo Bruce wearing air force shirt. Interview Bruce about not having any trouble while in the RAAF for his anti-war poems, article in SMH.
Access No. 132426 | 1 min 8 secs | Various | Australia | © Bruce Dawe | Colour |
Archival b&w footage, 1970s soldiers carrying wounded through jungle, Vietnam War. Super: Homecoming. B&W footage shot from behind soldiers carrying stretcher along muddy path, WS putting wounded soldier onto helicopter, pan Vietnamese soldiers and children watching, US army medic closes ambulance door. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, reading poem from book ÒSometimes GladnessÓ about dead soldiers. Archival b&w footage POV from plane taking off tarmac runway, VS aerial rivers and villages, Vietnam. Interview Bruce reading poem.
Access No. 132427 | 1 min 35 secs | 1970s | Vietnam; Australia | © Film World | Colour |
Still b&w wedding photograph Bruce Dawe in air force uniform with his wife Gloria in bridal gown. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about meeting his wife Gloria on switchboard when he was posted to Toowoomba air force base. Detail previous photo pan to MS Gloria. B&W photo MCU Gloria with baby. B&W portrait photograph Dawe family. Interview Bruce about how lucky he is with his family.
Access No. 132428 | 1 min 7 secs | Various | Australia | © Bruce Dawe | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Bruce Dawe as teacher standing in middle of classroom, attentive students sitting around. B&W photo Bruce and students leaning over desk of papers. Interview Bruce Dawe talking about teaching English literature at university. B&W photo pan from attentive uni students to Bruce Dawe. Interview Bruce about using metaphors in his teaching, benefits and rewards of teaching.
Access No. 132429 | 1 min 29 secs | Various | Australia | © Bruce Dawe | Colour |
MCU hand writing with pen on paper, pan up to Bruce Dawe writing, MS Bruce's face concentrating, MS Bruce at desk writing. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about writing poetry at home in normal surroundings. CU writing on paper, crossing words out. Interview Bruce about recognition, life coming first and art second for him. Bruce at kitchen table reading poem from book ÒSometimes GladnessÓ about death of his mother-in-law. Super: Going.
Access No. 132430 | 2 mins 32 secs | Various | Toowoomba, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, talking about his attitude to his writing, need for certain modesty in achievement, never being dismayed when people have never heard of him. Still b&w photograph Bruce Dawe standing with other authors holding their books, pan well-known (famous) writers including Manning Clarke and Eric Rolls. Interview Bruce about being unaware of effect his poetry would have on people. LS Bruce opening garage door, cat in driveway. Interview Bruce about not having any derogatory views of suburban life or any class.
Access No. 132431 | 2 mins 12 secs | Various | Australia | © Bruce Dawe | Colour |
MS bee hovering around tall pink flowers. Super: Homo Suburbiensis. WS Bruce Dawe in vegetable garden, plants in garden bed and fork standing upright, dilapidated paling fence. Interview Bruce Dawe, 1997, reading poem from bookÓ Sometimes GladnessÓ about man in vegetable garden.
Access No. 132432 | 55 secs | 1990s | Toowoomba, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |