Graeme Blundell

Graeme Blundell (born 7 August 1945) is an Australian actor, director, producer, writer, playwright, lyricist and biographer[1]

Graeme Blundell
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Blundell at the 2015 Helpmann Awards
Born (1945-08-07) 7 August 1945 (age 76)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • writer
  • biographer
Years active1963–present

Early lifeEdit

Blundell was born on 7 April 1945 in Melbourne; he grew up in the suburb of Clifton Hill. He was educated at Merrilands College and Coburg High School, where he served as a Prefect. He then studied arts at the University of Melbourne, where he resided at Ormond College and became involved in student theatre. He has a younger brother, Dennis, and two younger sisters, Margaret and Kathryn.[2]

CareerEdit

In his early years, Blundell worked at La Mama Theatre, The Pram Factory, Hoopla, the Playbox Theatre Company, and the Melbourne Theatre Company. He directed and acted in the premiere performance of Jack Hibberd's play Dimboola at La Mama. His first television appearance was as an uncredited extra in the debut episode of Homicide (1964). He is best known as playing the title character in the 1973 sex-comedy film Alvin Purple and its 1974 sequel, Alvin Rides Again.[3][4]

He has written extensively in The Australian newspaper as well as writing biographies of Brett Whiteley (Brett Whiteley: An Unauthorised Life, 1996, with his then wife Margot Hilton), and Graham Kennedy.[5]

From March 2011, Blundell hosted Sunday Night at the Movies with Graeme Blundell on Foxtel's Fox Classics channel.[citation needed]

On 29 January 2015, it was announced that Margaret Pomeranz had signed with Foxtel to present a new film and television program on Foxtel Arts, along with Graeme Blundell, a series called Screen.[6][7] The series was renewed in 2018.[8]

As of 2021, Blundell continues to appear in Screen, and past episodes are uploaded to YouTube.[9] He is also TV writer for The Australian newspaper.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Blundell has been married to playwright Kerry Dwyer,[11] author Margot Hilton,[2] and journalist Susan Kurosawa.[12]

FilmographyEdit

WritingEdit

  • Brett Whiteley: An Unauthorised Life, with Margot Hilton (Macmillan, 1996)
  • King: The Life and Comedy of Graham Kennedy (Pan Macmillan, 2003)
  • Australian Theatre: Backstage with Graeme Blundell (edited) (Oxford University Press, 1997)
  • The Naked Truth: A Life in Parts (Hachette Australia, 2008)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Graeme Blundell". AusStage.
  2. ^ a b "Graeme Blundell". Talking Heads. 29 June 2009. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  3. ^ Buckmaster, Luke (24 October 2014). "Alvin Purple rewatched – the raunchy heart of 1970s Ozploitation films". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  4. ^ Vagg, Stephen (18 August 2019). "Australian Movie Stars". Filmink.
  5. ^ Hilton, Margot; Blundell, Graeme (1996). Whiteley: An unauthorised life. Macmillan.
  6. ^ Koziol, Michael (29 January 2015). "Margaret Pomeranz to join Foxtel". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Foxtel signs Margaret Pomeranz". IF Magazine. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Screen returns to Foxtel Arts in March". Ryno's TV. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Screen on Foxtel Arts". YouTube.
  10. ^ Blundell, Graeme (5 February 2021). "Aftertaste: big fish bombs in a small pond". The Australian. Review.
  11. ^ "The Naked Truth: A Life in Paris". 10 October 2008.
  12. ^ Sullivan, Jane (20 October 2007). "Across a crowded room ..." The Age. Retrieved 26 November 2015.

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