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Three Little Words

Week 7 

Four Performances Thu 15th -  Sun 18 March, 2018

A man faces up to his own alcoholism. Or does he?

Starring Tom Harwood as Elvis
Written & Directed by Anthony J. Langford

Tom Harwood as Elvis - First Stage/Technical Rehearsal

We are on the Right

Some of the backstage props for the show ahead

We're up second! 

The first play, 'Switching Tracks' preparing for Night Two

Chalmers Street Surry Hills

Tom in prep.before a show

Action!   Take no prisoners Elvis!

Big thanks to Pete Malicki, Lydia Kelly and all the staff at Short and Sweet Theatre Sydney,

and of course,
the indomitable Elvis, Tom Harwood.

Great news!
We came third in the audience vote, which I really didn't expect due to the swearing and bold nature which I knew would offend some, so this was a real surprise.
And we came first in the Crew Choice! 
So we are off to the Finals on March 29th and 30th!

To have gotten this far is just amazing to me. 
I was happy enough just being part of it.
All the plays were great in their own way, so a shame that some get left out.
I'm very proud of Tom and what he brought to the character. It was a great
collaboration. What you hope for when working with others.

My Short Film from 1988 - WilderWorld

This month marks the 30th anniversary of...


'For a group of young people, a chance encounter has devastating consequences.'

Eighties Classic

Short film from Australia 1988.

Set in regional Victoria this film was made by 
a group of mostly teenage friends with no budget
 (I was the eldest at 20). 
It never screened anywhere other than in lounge-rooms.
It was given a slight re-edit in 2016. I hope you like it. 

Share around and please be kind. 
Three of the actors are no longer with us.
Beautiful souls. Rest in Peace.

My Short Films

..and more to come.

Famous After Death - Ernest Dowson

Ernest Dowson

Poor Ernest.
As talented as he was, with some published success, Ernest was a troubled man. He was very sensitive, which no doubt gave rise to his enormous talent as a poet, but life itself was a struggle.
It's a story we've heard many times before but the two were certainly evident in Ernest. Creativity and Sensitivity. 

He died broke and alcoholic in 1900, aged only 32. 

As a young man, he was very social and had contributions to literary publications. Despite these minor successes he was not well known. He collaborated on two unsuccessful novels with Arthur Moore and worked on a novel of his own, Madame de Viole.  
Most of his work in later life was a translator of French literature. 

His father died when Ernest was just 26 and his mother committed suicide a year after. Ernest never recovered from these losses. 

Romantically he was unsuccessful too. Just looking at this photo, you can see the strain in his tender face.

Oscar Wilde provides a great insight into the type of man Ernest was, as sad as it is; 

"Poor wounded wonderful fellow that he was, a tragic reproduction of all tragic poetry, like a symbol, or a scene. I hope bay leaves will be laid on his tomb and rue and myrtle too for he knew what love was."

His most famous poem. 

 "Vitae Summa Brevis"

They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate;
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.
                     Prior to refurbishment.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes

Within a dream.


His gravestone was refurbished 110 years after his death, paid for and celebrated by many locals.

Post death fame.

Gone with the Wind, is a line from one of his poems. Margaret Mitchell loved it and used it for her novel.

In the Poems and Prose of Ernest Dowson, a 1919 memoir by Arthur Symons, Symons stated, "... a man who was undoubtedly a man of genius ... There never was a poet to whom verse came more naturally ... He had the pure lyric gift, unweighed or unballasted by any other quality of mind or emotion.."

His legacy continues. 

A comedy of masks : a novel (1893) With Arthur Moore.
Dilemmas, stories and studies in sentiment (1895)
Verses (1896)
The Pierrot of the minute : a dramatic phantasy in one act (1897)
Decorations in Verse and Prose (1899)
Adrian Rome (1899) With Arthur Moore.

Cynara : a little book of verse (1907)
Studies in sentiment (1915)
The Poems and Prose of Ernest Dowson, With a Memoir by Arthur Symons (1919)
Letters of Ernest Dowson (1968)
Collected shorter fiction (2003)

Other entries in Famous After Death.