Title Details

Imaginary Life, An - Out Takes

A profile of the writer David Malouf, recognised as one of Australia's finest novelists and poets.
Year : 1996 | Total Duration : 57 Minutes | Producer : Don Featherstone
Director : Don Featherstone |
Camera Roll 9 - Skate board ramp at the southern end of Bondi Beach. Various shots of skate board rider wearing protective gear riding his skateboard on ramp with a small audience looking on. Views across blocks of flats at North Bondi from top of skate board ramp. Man wearing roller blades pushes an elderly woman in wheel chair along the promenade. They are followed by two mean wearing roller blades.
Access No. 62935 | 5 mins 24 secs | 1990s | Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 1 - David Malouf sits at the bar of a Hotel and talks to camera. Elderly men in BG sitting on stools and drinking beer, includes CU's of older men's faces. View of traffic from Hotel. Malouf looks out of window. A couple dressed in vintage clothes (re-enactment) walks across the road. WS exterior of the Treasury Tavern, Brisbane. Various shots of the exterior of a weatherboard federation home in Brisbane. Interior of house tracks through hallway and lounge room.
Access No. 62936 | 33 mins 40 secs | 1990s | Brisbane, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 11 - Tracking through interior of suburban house passing tinted photograph of David Malouf's parents on wall, fox furs hanging on coat pegs in hallway and traditional picture of Jesus Christ with sacred heart. Glass cabinet in hallway holding various ornaments and photographs. David Malouf sits at dining table looking through a silver box containing his family photographs. Framed photograph of Malouf's parents wedding portrait next to vase of red flowers.
Access No. 62937 | 7 mins 13 secs | 1990s | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 16 - Re-enactment of the young David Malouf in his bed at the outbreak of WWII. He reads a book, places it next to his pillow and the lights are turned off. Across his pillow and above his bed B/W archival WWII footage is superimposed including images of Hitler, Mussolini and the invasion of Europe by German forces. Light bulb and shade attached to ceiling of room. Light is turned off and on. Framed illustrations of young children on wall. B/W archival of WWII footage superimposed on wall.
Access No. 62939 | 15 mins 23 secs | 1990s | © NFSA & Filmworld | Colour |
Camera Roll 17- HA looking over roof tops set amongst trees in Brisbane suburbia. View of weather board homes with verandahs. Grassy airfield with hanger in BG. View from plane as it takes off. View from plane as it flies towards Glass House Mountains. Aerials of Queensland rural district inland from the Sunshine Coast.
Access No. 62940 | 35 mins 30 secs | 1990s | Brisbane; Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 18 - Looking out to grey horizon over very small gently rolling waves, pan right across beach to Gold Coast high rise skyline. Interior of David Malouf's Surfers Paradise apartment. Malouf standing on balcony of high-rise looks over view of beach. Shots of beach scenes includes jogger, surfers and seagulls in flight. Malouf interviewed. He sits at table writing.
Access No. 62941 | 32 mins 41 secs | 1990s | Surfers Paradise, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 19 - Bus driving along winding road in rural Tuscany. Various shots of rural scenes including farm house, grazing sheep and tractor travelling along road. Birds flying against cloudless sky. Views of Tuscan stone houses. Flock of white sheep grazing. Stone church. LS of bells ringing from church tower. Various scenes from the village life of Campagnatico including woman sweeping, David Malouf walking, traffic and tractor with a load of wood winding its way. Picturesque scenes of bus travelling through countryside.
Access No. 62942 | 9 mins 55 secs | 1990s | Campagnatico, Tuscany, Italy | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 20 - POV from side bus window as it travels along country road in Tuscany past farm houses and cultivated fields. David Malouf in kitchen area of his elderly woman friend Agatina. They talk in Italian and drink coffee. Cat sitting in window sill. B&W photograph of Malouf and Agatina. Group sitting at outside cafe area. Woman sitting in deck chair reading newspaper. Malouf's stone apartment with window shutters in Campagnatico. Malouf greets man on stairs. Malouf opens shutter. View from bus of countryside.
Access No. 62943 | 22 mins | 1990s | Campagnatico, Tuscany, Italy | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 22 - Shot of bus driver at steering wheel driving out of Campagnatico. POV from front of bus as it drives along Tuscan country road. Shots of David Malouf and other passengers sitting in bus as it travels through rural landscape. Italian bushland from side windows of bus. Bus moves on to outskirts of the town Grosetto then through built up area of town with buildings and traffic. Various shots of lone red poppy in grassy field with trees in BG. Brief WS shot of the stone buildings of Campagnatico.
Access No. 62945 | 32 mins 43 secs | 1990s | Campagnatico, Grosetto, Tuscany, Italy | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 23 - Group of men, women and children including David Malouf and friends bathing in the hot springs of Petriolo, Italy. Interior of Malouf's house in Campagnatico. Bowl of fruit on table. Window shutters are opened to rural view. Malouf reading in chair then lying on bed sipping drink. Malouf interviewed.
Access No. 62946 | 33 mins 59 secs | 1990s | Petriolo, Campagnatico, Italy | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 25 - View from bus as it travels through countryside of Tuscany, Italy. Stone wall entrance to the village of Campagnatico. Two large bells ring from the stone arches of the church. View from car as it travels along Tuscan highway towards town of Sulmona. Cloud capped mountains in BG. Streets and street life of Sulmona. David Malouf buys artificial flowers, walks through marble colonnade and on to the streets of Sulmona. He stands in front of the statue of Ovid. Views of the mountains and ancient ruins. Malouf interviewed.
Access No. 62948 | 34 mins 52 secs | 1990s | Sulmona, Tuscany, Italy | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 26 - POV car travelling along highway in Italy passes stone village perched on mountain side. Interior of tunnel POV car travelling. Ruins of stone house and wall in Ireland. Various views of lake, sea, and mountains with sunset (West Coast, Ireland). Interview with Irish author Colm Toibn.
Access No. 62949 | 27 mins 31 secs | 1990s | Italy; West Coast, Ireland | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 30- Monument at Marble Arch. Traffic including black cabs and red London buses driving through Admiralty Arch. Iron statue of the lion at Trafalgar Square. Three young women sit astride the lion. Buckingham Palace in distance with traffic coming towards camera.
Access No. 62952 | 4 mins | 1990s | London, UK | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 3- Moving around interior of house furnished with Victorian furniture. Includes shots of carpeted stairway, fox furs on hat stand, vase of daffodils on table in lounge room, hand basin in bathroom, cups of tea sitting on dining table with newspapers, bowl of fruit in front of window, and travelling alarm clock on bedside table. Night view across Sydney Harbour towards the Botanical Gardens and CBD.
Access No. 62953 | 33 mins 21 secs | 1990s | Sydney, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Young woman and young man sitting at out door table of Tropicana cafe in Darlinghurst. They talk, kiss, and she feeds him cappuccino froth from her teaspoon. Men at other table in BG. Young man lights cigarette for woman. She smokes it. Rider on Triumph Tiger Cub motor cycle travels along road of the Botany Bay National Park. Elderly woman (Beatrice Bush) walking along busy Victoria Road sells newspapers to peak hour vehicle drivers. Shots of speed cameras, road signs, traffic lights and traffic. Qantas plane in air.
Access No. 62954 | 24 mins 46 secs | 1990s | Sydney, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 4 - Re-enactment of young boy wearing loin cloth in forest. He walks through bush and up to stream. He leans forward and washes his face in stream. Boy walks through bush area. Shot of reflection of boy in water. LS of boy walking amongst forest of trees.
Access No. 62955 | 28 mins 23 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 11 - Residential workshop bench with tools and wood shavings. Various pieces of furniture, paintings,photographs, iron gates and blinds stored under house. Re-enactment of shadow of a human body hanging in area under the house. Dangling hand of body with shadow against sandstone wall. White hens in chicken coup. Old scooter and tricycle. Tracking shot of interior wooden stairway leading upwards. Male hand holding quails egg. Hallway and closed doors with shafts of light coming from under each door.
Access No. 64877 | 25 mins 48 secs | 1990s | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 16 - Exterior views of the Treasury Building in Brisbane. Views of Brisbane city from the Botanical Gardens. Female workers walking through Gardens. Sprinklers spraying grass with buildings in background. Water spray alongside lamp in Gardens. WS of bridge over Brisbane river. View of Brisbane city with river in foreground. Sailing boats moored at city wharf. Dredger on river collecting silt. Exterior of Hotel with lace wrought iron decorating facade. David Malouf and his sister Jill reminisce with their Aunty Cassie in her nursing home garden.
Access No. 64890 | 7 mins 35 secs | 1990s | Brisbane, Queensland | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 19 - David Malouf walks down the stairs of his Campagnatico home in to the village passing houses, women looking out from their balconies, potted plants and flowers, a man standing in the door way of a shop and children playing with a bike. Woman gets in to red Volkswagen and drives towards camera. Group of men outside a cafe. Washing hung out to dry below window shutters. Malouf makes his way into a shop and purchases phone cards. Elderly men sit near fountain watching passers by.
Access No. 64903 | 14 mins 5 secs | 1990s | Campagnatico, Tuscany, Italy | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 9 - Various POV shots from car as it drives along Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross passing shop fronts and pedestrians and the neon signs of clubs and restaurants. El Alamein fountain. POV shot from car driving down William Street past European car shops. Back street of Kings Cross with shots of discarded syringe and other drug user paraphernalia. Man slumped in doorway of building near stacked rubbish. Shots of stairwell.
Access No. 64908 | 23 mins 41 secs | 1990s | Kings Cross, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 21 - David Malouf attends garden party at the home of Carlos and Pat Eastman in Campagnatico. Orange sun sets over distant hills with silver and orange sky.
Access No. 66223 | 1 min 55 secs | 1990s | Campagnatico, Tuscany, Italy | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 20 - WS of the high stone buildings of Campagnatico. David Malouf attends a garden party at the Campagnatico home of Carlos Eastman.
Access No. 66224 | 11 mins 52 secs | 1990s | Campagnatico, Tuscany, Italy | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 24 - David Malouf interviewed sitting at his kitchen table in Campagnatico. He sits at table writing. Hens in coup. Gardener attends to vegetable garden. CU black grapes on vine. Various seedlings and vegetables. He hoses garden. Droplets of water on vegetable leaves. Water spraying from garden hose nozzle. CU on large marrows, apples, tomatoes. Gardener hoes soil. Various Tuscan scenes including building facade, round bales of hay stacked in field, farmhouse, rolling fields and moving clouds at dusk.
Access No. 66228 | 31 mins 48 secs | 1990s | Tuscany, Italy | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 4 - Re- enactment. Two 1930's cars parked by seaside in evening. One car reverses out of shot. Woman and man kissing in back of parked car.
Access No. 66254 | 5 mins 19 secs | 1940s | Sydney, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 102 - Various shots of Kings Cross night life includes tourists, young girls sitting in doorway, traffic, El Alamein fountain, Missionbeat van passing, young boy leaning on lamp post, strip club entrances, line of motor bikes with bikers parked on curb and takeaway food shops. (Note: some of the footage has been shot with camera held on its side).
Access No. 66256 | 33 mins 17 secs | 1990s | Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 31 - Clive James interview about David Malouf. Men's barber shop. View of barber shop through window. Barber cutting man's hair. Man stops to light cigarette of man on busy street. Colour photographs of David Malouf's parents. Various B&W photographs of David Malouf.
Access No. 66258 | 14 mins 19 secs | 1990s | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 101- Re-enactment. Man riding Triumph motor cycle along road. Various CU of sections of bike as it is driven.
Access No. 66260 | 17 mins 53 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 1 - Interview David Malouf
Access No. 74158 | 53 mins 30 secs | 1990s | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 5 - Interview David Malouf
Access No. 74159 | 1990s | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 6 - Interview David Malouf - Hands playing piano
Access No. 74160 | 1990s | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 7- David Malouf at a small social gathering with friends. A solo pianist entertains the guests. Re-enactment of an old man coming out of a weatherboard farm house.
Access No. 74161 | 33 mins 44 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 8 - Re-enactment of old man coming out of weatherboard farm house. CU of man's face and various shots of farmhouse. (Continues on from Out Takes, Camera Roll 7). Old man in candlelit derelict house cradles other man in blanket. David Malouf with his grand nephews, Benjamin and David attend to the back garden of Malouf's Chippendale terrace house.
Access No. 74162 | 33 mins 50 secs | 1990s | Sydney, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 12 - Upright piano with sheet music. Brass pot with fern and lace curtains. CU sheet music. CU piano keys. David Malouf interview.
Access No. 74163 | 34 mins 20 secs | 1990s | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 13 - Interview David Malouf. Malouf sits at table looking through a silver box of photographs and memorabilia. Malouf interview.
Access No. 74164 | 34 mins 20 secs | 1990s | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 14 - Interview with David Malouf. He sits at his desk and looks through memorabilia. Top verandah of house. Malouf walks out on to verandah and looks out at trees. B&W photograph of Malouf's parents wedding portrait and other portraits. Re-enactment - 1940's yellow cab pulls up in front of house. Actor dressed in American Army uniform accompanies young woman to front door. Older woman opens door and places fox fur around young woman's shoulders.
Access No. 74168 | 34 mins 37 secs | 1990s | Brisbane, Queensland | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 27 - David Malouf interviewed in the grounds of Trinity College, Dublin. Views of Dublin city streets with traffic, pedestrians and man reading ÒThe Irish TimesÓ on the steps below a statue. Malouf in book shop signing copies of his novel ÒThe Conversations at Curlow CreekÓ. Colour photograph of Malouf and friend, B&W photographs of Malouf and family members. Interview with British composer Michael Berkeley.
Access No. 74178 | 30 mins 20 secs | 1990s | Dublin, Ireland | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 19- View over Tuscan terracotta rooftops. Black hairy dog sitting by kennel. David Malouf in telephone booth in the village of Campagnatico.
Access No. 124615 | 7 mins 58 secs | 1990s | Campagnatico, Tuscany, Italy | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 2 - Interior of cinema with screen showing newsreel footage. David Malouf in seat watches alone. Footage on screen includes various WWII images.
Access No. 124658 | 7 mins 8 secs | 1990s | © NFSA & Filmworld | Colour |
Camera Roll 103 - Shots of Kings Cross night life includes Adult Shop and restaurant neon signs and entrances, telephone booths, fast food places and tourists. (Quality inconsistent)
Access No. 124659 | 4 mins 44 secs | 1990s | Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 50- David Malouf is awarded the 1996 International Impact Dublin Literary Award for his novel ÒRemembering BabylonÓ. The event is held at Dublin Castle. Gathering of guests with Malouf after the presentation. Guests walking through the grounds of the Castle. Empty forecourt of Dublin Castle.
Access No. 124886 | 34 mins 4 secs | 1990s | Dublin, Ireland | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 32 - Michael Ondaatje interview.
Access No. 124887 | 34 mins 20 secs | 1990s | © NFSA | Colour |
Camera Roll 15 - CU fox head of fur. Fox furs hanging on hat stand. Reflections of fox heads on wine glasses. Re-enactment with actors. Three elderly Lebanese men speaking Arabic sitting around a table. Young boy looking through stair railing.
Access No. 124888 | 35 mins 20 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | Colour |