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Children of the Revolution

Children of the Revolution
Your Price: $18.25 CDN
Author: Peter Duncan
Publisher: Currency Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 97
Pub. Date: 1996
ISBN-10: 0868195030
ISBN-13: 9780868195032

About the Screenplay:

The book Children of the Revolution contains the full script of this stunning debut feature film from the Australian auteur Peter Duncan. The film featured Judy Davis, Geoffrey Rush, Richard Roxburgh, Rachel Griffiths, Sam Neill, and F. Murray Abraham. Children of the Revolution was nominated for nine Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. It won three. It also won Best Original Screenplay at the 1997 Film Critics’ Circle and 1996 Best Feature Film, Australian International Film Festival. The film was in official selection at many festivals including Sundance, Moscow, and San Sebastian.

Children of the Revolution is a black comedy about the rise and decline of Australian communism, spanning four decades and charting the great political upheaval of the late 20th century – the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In 1952, Joan Fraser, the unrivalled desideratum of every red-hearted man in Sydney's inner west, is invited to the Kremlin. Josef Stalin, attracted by her passionate political correspondence, then smitten by her physical charms, beds her ... and promptly drops dead. When young Joe is born in Balmain nine months later there is some uncertainty about his father, but for Joan, at least there is one certainty - her son is destined for greatness and she will stage-manage his rise. The great curve of history seems set to frustrate Joan's plans for her son, as Communism's star sets - yet, prison, love and family conspire to recover an apparently lost destiny.

The full script, with stills from the film Children of the Revolution, is presented in this book with an introduction by Paul Thompson, Head of Film and Television at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

What people say:

"...a swift, stingingly funny satire of sex and politics that marks an auspicious feature debut by Aussie Peter Duncan, a lawyer turned writer and director. Duncan zips through five decades and dozens of characters without reducing the participants to clichés or slogans. ." — RollingStone

About the Screenwriter:

Peter Duncan is an Australian film director and screenwriter. He co-created, produced, wrote and directed the first season of Rake for which he was nominated for Best Director, Drama, at the Australian Directors Guild Awards, and won the Australian Writers Guild Award for Best Television Series Episode. He adapted this Australian hit show for American audiences after it was picked up by Sony and Fox studios.