Subseries Subseries 3 - 'Dancing on the water' [screenplay] (1980) (unpublished)

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UQFL164-Series C-Subseries 3


'Dancing on the water' [screenplay] (1980) (unpublished)


  • 1980-1981. (Creation)

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6 items, 3 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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Born in England, he moved to Australia with his family at the age of 11. He is an Australian film director.

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Initially called 'Life and death in the south side pavilion', 'Dancing on the water' is an unpublished screenplay written by Peter Carey and Ray Lawrence. It is based on the short story Life and death in the south side pavilion by Peter Carey first published in short story collection, The fat man in history (1974). Comprises 8 typescript drafts.

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Box 23
Item 1: l copy in spiral binding, 160 leaves; has extensive editing notes and corrections on yellow pages, pasted on original pages Also heavily annotated title page indicating that it is a draft and "Peter's copy"
Items 2-4: 3 copies in spiral binding, each 93 leaves.
Item 5: l copy in spiral binding, 98 leaves.
Item 6: l copy in spiral binding, 93 leaves with note on title change about name changers for characters, extensive editing, and corrections on yellow paper pasted on original leaves.

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Folder 1: Clean typescript copy, 93 leaves in a folder.
Folder 2: Bound typescript copy, 98 leaves with yellow post-it notes marking of all four-letter words, in a folder.
Folder 3: Correspondence, in a folder, from Peter Carey to the University of Queensland Press regarding the copyright of Life and death in the south side pavilion not extending to the film rights for 'Dancing on the water', 2 Mar 1981. Attached to the letter are: legal opinion from Baker & McKenzie (solicitors for Carey), 24 Feb 1981; a prepared acknowledgement letter to be signed by UQP; and a deed of agreement, March 1981.

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  • English

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Box 23 Items 1-6; Box 24 Folders 1-3.

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Created, Linda Justo, 15-Jun-2020




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  • Box: UQFL164 Box 23
  • Box: UQFL164 Box 24