Oh, I do hope that all of Australia has watched the SBS Australia TV series, Ernest Hemingway – it was honestly the best thing we’ve had to watch for years!
American filmmaker, Ken Burns, was widely acclaimed in 1990 for his superb series on the American Civil War. He has made many more wonderful documentary films, including on the Roosevelts, the Vietnam War, and a brilliant one on Mark Twain. Now he has turned his attention to Ernest Hemingway in a three-part documentary, packed with fabulous photographs, interviews with literary scholars and others, and a script that was simply perfect! It was two hours, and I was riveted for every minute of that and will be glued to the TV for the coming episodes.
It was really enough to make us all just want to give up writing – Hemingway was such a craftsman and got it (most of the time) so right. The full series of 3 episodes is currently viewable on SBS On Demand until 12th December 2021. DON’T miss this truly awesome programme.
More to watch
Lockdown has given me more time to record book chats and poetry readings on my free YouTube channel. Do check them out. Some of my recent postings include:
- Discussion of the historical novels of Anya Seton.
- Readings of some favourite poems, including La Belle Dame sans Merci, The Lady of Shallot and The Darkling Thrush. If you have children or grandchildren to entertain, you might like to share with them my reading of The Owl and the Pussycat. I did this poem especially for my granddaughter, Arabella, whose photo appears in it. She loves watching it and seeing herself at the end.
- Recommendations of books by historian, Thomas Harding.
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