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Inga Clendinnen Out Takes

Inga Clendinnen is a renowned writer and historian whose work on Aztec and Mayan culture and the Holocaust has been praised around the world.
Series : Australian Biography Series 8 | Year : 2001 | Total Duration : 26 Minutes | Producer : Robin Hughes
Director : Robin Hughes |
Tape 1 - Interview Inga Clendinnen about birth in Geelong and family background and home life, frugal living, parents' relationship, mother and father's' differing outlooks on life, upbringing, relationships with mother and father, relationship with brother and sister, distant relationship with mother.
Access No. 131479 | 34 mins 24 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 2 - Interview Inga Clendinnen about interest in her mother, ÒspyingsÓ and ÒinterviewingÓ her, childhood and early impressions of life, mother's secretiveness, relationship with siblings, opinions on sister's chosen path in life, lack of childhood friendships, servicemen's hostel set up by father during war years (WWII), serviceman with one arm befriended by family, friendship with American (US) marines who went off to fight in Guadalcanal and some being killed, first lessons about war, becoming pacifist, father's WWI experiences.
Access No. 131480 | 34 mins 12 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 3 - Interview Inga Clendinnen about memories of WWII, interest in independence of India, school days and memories of teachers, learning, education at high school, friendships at school, interest in older boys, sex, mother telling her about menstruation, relationships with men and meeting John Clendinnen who she married at age twenty.
Access No. 131481 | 35 mins 18 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 4 - Interview Inga Clendinnen about leaving life in Geelong, first return visit to Geelong and bad memories of the town, university days, developing relationships, role as a woman at university, teaching, shift from being a tutor to writing and research on history, reasons for marrying at the early age of twenty, relationship with husband John, motherhood, research projects and innovations as historian, interests in extremes of behaviour in societies.
Access No. 131482 | 33 mins 40 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 5 - Interview with Inga Clendinnen about moving from teaching to concentrating on research, social experiments / workshops, researching the way the mind works, teaching history, anthropology, first trip to Mexico, Indian languages, attraction to Aztec civilisation, description of Aztec combat and warrior customs.
Access No. 131483 | 34 mins 20 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 6 - Interview Inga Clendinnen about death and violence in Aztec warrior cult, understanding of different cultures and their history, comparison of being an historian as opposed to an anthropologist, sources / evidence for the books she has written on the Aztecs, prizes and acclaim for first two books, writing talents, fascination for violence, impressions of warriors as a people who overcome fear, influences by Aztecs, gaining insights when studying history, becoming ill and how it made it difficult to complete book on Aztecs.
Access No. 131484 | 34 mins 25 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 7 - Interview Inga Clendinnen about her illness and initial symptoms, diagnosis of auto-immune hepatitis, treatment not working, hallucinations in hospital, mental affects of illness, support of husband John during illness, being on list for liver transplant, undergoing transplant at age of 59, opinions on organ donation.
Access No. 131485 | 34 mins 10 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 8 - Interview Inga Clendinnen about feeling an obligation to the liver transplant unit, illnesses and deaths of family / siblings, entry into the literary world, interest in Nazis and the Holocaust, success of book on the Holocaust, how people treated her when she was ill and their inability to cope with it, falls during illness, vivid descriptions of hallucinations during illness.
Access No. 131486 | 34 mins 27 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 9 - Interview Inga Clendinnen about gaining a sense of freedom, liberation and pleasure from experience with strange illness, encounters while in hospital, general goodwill and kindness of people, how illness has changed her outlook on life, for example love of the outdoors, lack of fear of the dead or dying, the writing of ÒTiger's EyeÓ book about her childhood and ill health in reaction to illness experience,writing about George Augustus Robinson, protector of Aborigines in Tasmania, writing documentations of herself, writing as an historian, invitation to participate in Boyer Lectures (ABC Radio forum).
Access No. 131487 | 34 mins 42 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 10 - Various newspaper clippings and photographs of Inga Clendinnen and family, school days, career.
Access No. 131488 | 34 mins 33 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 12 - Interview Inga Clendinnen about changes in universities and effect on class sizes, teaching style, writing, inability to now carry out research, writing for history students, reasons for decline in history being taught in schools and the negative effects that will have on people, comparison between writing fiction and historical fact, opinions on moral conduct in different societies, ÒevilÓ and bloody violence in societies, statistics of American soldiers' inhibitions for killing others, atrocities and violent nature of man, comparison between her mother's life and the lives of modern women, confidence of her granddaughter Anastasia and the problems she may experience in her lifetime.
Access No. 131490 | 33 mins 42 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 13 - Interview Inga Clendinnen about difference between history and fiction, Aztecs' view of the gods, bad history and good history, interpretations of history, the nature of memory, confirming fact in history, evil and idealism, discoveries made when writing book ÒReading the HolocaustÓ, question of how people were driven to carry out atrocities of Holocaust, belief in general benevolence of the world, concept of good as opposed to evil, shame, first sexual feelings for older man, refusal to accept authority from others, human courage, core strength of woman she had been in hospital with.
Access No. 131491 | 34 mins 38 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 14 - Interview Inga Clendinnen about inviolate self and connections / relationships with others, thoughts on self, reasons for destroying photographs, love of the beach, meaning of being Australia, good fortune of being born in Australia at the right time.
Access No. 131492 | 14 mins 51 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 15 - Various photographs Inga Clendinnen and family, colleagues.
Access No. 131493 | 52 mins 39 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |