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Selective Memory: A Life In Film

Selective Memory: A Life In Film

By Sue Milliken.

Sue Milliken is a legend in the Australian film industry.  She was at the forefront of the 1970s film renaissance, producing classic such as The Odd Angry Shot and The Fringe Dwellers and one of the first women in Australia to achieve prominence as a producer.

Selective Memory is her detailed memoir about the Australian film industry, with inside stories about how remarkable it is that films ever get financed and made, and the many often bizarre situations facing a producer.

Always insightful and often hilarious, Selective Memory reveals some unforgettable ‘behind the scenes’ moments from dealing with drunken leading men to finding her director and crew stranded in Morocco, ready to shoot but with no money to pay for it.

Sue Milliken has met and worked with some unforgettable characters, including Sidney Nolan, George Johnston and Charmian Clift, Frank Thring, John Meillon, Graham Kennedy, John Hargreaves, Bryan Brown, Graeme Blundell and Barry Humphries and legendary Hollywood producer Dino de Laurentiis.   She’s had more than the occasional brush with the Hollywood, endured freezing nights with supermodels in the Blue Mountains and launched the career of many an internationally renowned actor, including Cate Blanchett.

The book includes a number of photos and a foreword by director Bruce Beresford, who has worked closely with Sue.


Sue Milliken has been producing films in Australia since the 1970s. She is a past president of the Screen Producers’ Association of Australia and was made a Life Member in 1991; she was a former Chair of the Australian Film Commission and served on the Film and Literature Board of Review. Sue has produced such films as The Odd Angry Shot (1979), The Fringe Dwellers (1985), Black Robe (1991), Sirens (1994), Dating the Enemy (1995), Paradise Road (1997) and Crocodile Dreaming (2007).
She was awarded an AO in the 2008 Queen’s New Years Honours List for her services to the film and television industry.

“This fascinating book by Sue Milliken – one of the few written by a film producer – is a forthright and witty account of the career, so far, of an immensely capable and talented producer, whose skills are held in awe by everyone in the Australian film industry and whose name is known and respected by production companies world-wide.” – Bruce Beresford

Selective Memory: A Life In Film is out now.

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