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- DescriptionIn this work of creative non-fiction, Martin Edmond illuminates the life and work of Colin McCahon and his own relationship with the art and the man, by taking readers on an imagined (and real) journey as he traces a possible McCahon route across Edmond's adopted city.
- Author BiographyMartin Edmond was born in Ohakune, New Zealand, in 1952, the son of Lauris and Trevor Edmond, and grew up in small North Island towns. He studied Anthropology and English at The University of Auckland before graduating MA (1st Class Hons) in English from Victoria University of Wellington. After spending a year as a junior lecturer at Victoria University he joined the avant garde theatre group Red Mole and spent the next five years on tour as a writer, actor, stage manager and lighting designer. He moved to Australia in 1981, via London, New York and Los Angeles, to work in the film industry there. Martin has also worked as a taxi driver, proof reader, teacher of English as a second language and a lighting designer for rock bands until 1984, since when he has earned his living as a script writer. He has written three screenplays, which have been produced as awardwinning feature films: Illustrious Energy (1987), which won the Bronze Charybdis at the 1988 Taormina Film Festival and Best Film at the 1988 Hawaii Film Festival; The Footstep Man (1991), which won Official Selection at the 1992 San Sebastian Film Festival and the 1993 Fantasporto International Film Festival and technical awards at the NZ Film and Television Awards in 1993; and Terra Nova (1996). He has in development a screenplay for a feature film, The Ballad of Tui Lee: It is the story of a Vietnamese orphan, raised by nuns in Kuala Lumpur, who comes to Australia to meet her sponsor, unaware that he is serving a life sentence for murder. Martin also wrote the screenplay for the shorts Philosophy (1997), which won Official Selection at the 1990 Montreal FF Montreal World Film Festival, the 1999 Madrid Experimental Film Festival, the 1999 Bilbao Documentary Film Festival and the 1999 International Short Film Festival, Granada, and won a Gold Award from the Australian Cinematographers Society in 1999, and Earth Angel (2002), which won Best Screenplay at the 2003 Brekfest Festival in Sydney. Martin's books include Streets of Music (1980; with pictures by Joseph Bleakley), Houses, Days, Skies (Foreign Books, 1988), The Autobiography of My Father (AUP, 1992; place-getter, 1993 Wattie's Book Awards), Chemical Evolution: Drugs & Art Production, 1970-1980 (Bumper Books, 1997) and The Resurrection of Philip Clairmont (AUP, 1999; shortlisted, Montana New Zealand Book Awards). He had many projects on the go - he recently completed the book Terminus Motel, a black comedy about the process of writing for the screen which includes the best part of an original screenplay, he is turning his 25,000-word essay Fenua Imi, the Pacific in History and Imaginary (Bumper Books, 2002) into a full-length book, and is writing a book based on the 1610 voyage of Antonio da Nova from Malacca to Luca Antara and back. The sole mention of this event is in a letter written by da Nova to cosmographer Manoel Godinho de Eredia and published in Eredia's Report on Meridional India; the recreation of the voyage is necessarily an act of imagination, which will evoke the lost worlds of Nusa Tenggara and the adjacent north west coast of Australia, he says. Martin will be visiting New Zealand in March 2004 as a guest of the International Festival.
- Author(s)Martin Edmond
- PublisherAuckland University Press
- Date of Publication01/07/2011
- GenreBiography: The Arts
- Place of PublicationAuckland
- Country of PublicationNew Zealand
- ImprintAuckland University Press
- Weight456 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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