Subseries Subseries 12 - 'War crimes' [screenplay] (1988-1989) (unpublished)

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UQFL164-Series C-Subseries 12


'War crimes' [screenplay] (1988-1989) (unpublished)


  • 1988-1989. (Creation)

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1 item, 6 folders

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Peter Carey, author, was born on 7 May 1943 at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria. He was educated at Bacchus Marsh State School from 1948 to 1953, then boarded at Geelong Grammar from 1954 to 1960. Carey enrolled in organic chemistry and zoology at Monash University in 1961 but after a car crash that same year he ended his schooling and worked as an office clerk and executive assistant for a Melbourne advertising agency. He wrote fiction at night and weekends and in 1974 was successful in getting his first work published. This was the short story collection The fat man in history. In 1980 he and Bani McSpedden opened McSpedden Carey Advertising. Carey sold his share of the business in 1990 and moved to New York. He has lived in Melbourne, London, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Yandina (Queensland), Bellingen (New South Wales) and New York. Carey has been awarded honorary degrees and has won numerous literary awards.

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Australian screenwriter, director, and producer.

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Screenplay by Peter Carey and Bill Bennett. Based on a short story by Peter Carey. Clean and annotated copies of both 1st and 2nd drafts, dated May 1988 and 15 February 1989. Also copy marked: "as presented to producers" and some correspondence dated 1988-1989.

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Box 32
Item 2: 'War crimes' (working title only), First draft, a screenplay (Vs 1.01) by Peter Carey & Bill Bennett, 108 leaves, May 1988.
Folder 4: 2nd draft (incomplete) of 'War crimes', screenplay by Peter Carey and Bill Bennett, 101 leaves, 15 Feb 1989.
Folder 5: Correspondence relating to the production of the screenplay 'War crimes', 1988-1989. (Preservation copies of heat sensitive faxes included).

Box 33
Folder 1: 'War crimes (working title only) a screenplay by Peter Carey & Bill Bennett (Vs 1.00), April 1988, 99 leaves bound with sidelock file fastener (now removed for conservation purposes). Handwritten notes on title page 'Work in Progress' and 'The bound white pages were written by Bill Bennet [sic] after we had collaborated for 2 weeks, making detailed notes on structure and (sometimes) dialogue. I then revised this draft as shown by the 32 yellow pages. P.C.' Inserted in bound copy are yellow pages (mentioned in the note) and white pages.
Folder 2:'Working copy of 1st draft with annotations made during Alison Summer's script editing conference. P.C.', May 1988. (Previously bound with three tin paper binders which have been removed for conservation purposes).
Folder 3: 2nd draft, typescript, with emendations, 106 leaves, 2 Feb to 13 Feb 1989.
Folder 4: 'War crimes', clean typescript, 2nd draft, 102 leaves, 15 Feb 1989. In envelope with handwritten note on front '2nd draft of War crimes as presented to producers'.

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Box 32 Item 2, Folders 4-5; Box 33 Folders 1-4.

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Created, Linda Justo, 23-Jun-2020




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  • Box: UQFL164 Box 32
  • Box: UQFL164 Box 33