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The Edge of the World – Tim Winton (2001)


Director/Writer: Geoffrey Bennet

Aired on Lifestyle Channel 2/9/2001

The Edge of the World gives a unique insight into the intriguing work of Tim Winton, one of Australia’s finest authors. The “child prodigy” author won the Vogel Award at 21 for An Open Swimmer; the Miles Franklin Award at 24 for Shallows; the Deo Gloria Award and the Miles Franklin again at 32 with Cloudstreet and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1995 for The Riders. In this film, Winton talks about his work, his influences and what drives him.

A Film Australia National Interest Program. Developed with the assistance of the NSW Film & Television Office. Produced with the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The Edge of the World offers a very original view of the intriguing Australian writer Tim Winton. At 36, he is already recognised as one of the country’s most gifted authors. After winning the Vogel Award at the age of 21 for An Open Swimmer he went onto win the prestigious Miles Franklin Award for Shallows two years later. At age 32, he won both the Deo Gloria Award and a further Miles Franklin Award for his novel Cloudstreet. His most recent successes include The Riders, which was short listed for the Booker Prize in 1995, and a feature film of his novel In the Winter Dark starring the Oscar nominated British actress, Brenda Blethyn. There are plans fro other feature films of his novels.

This film includes the illuminating interviews with Winton about his work, his influences, and what drives him. He is interested in the way random tragedies beset people, and often draws on events from his childhood as the basis of his works. In The Edge of the World he is seen researching his latest novel, giving the viewer an intriguing insight into a writer at work.
The Edge of the World was shot both in Australia and Canada. It includes stunning locations, most notably the magnificent coast and hinterland of Australia’s north-west. It captures Tim Winton speaking about his great loves: his family, his work, the sea and fishing, and the many characters of the remote northern coast of Western Australia who have inspired his writing.

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