Death in Brunswick : Text Classics - Boyd Oxlade

Death in Brunswick

Text Classics

By: Boyd Oxlade, Shane Maloney (Introduction by)

Paperback | 21 November 2012 | Edition Number 1

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Down on his luck and hard up for cash, Carl works in the kitchen of a seedy rock 'n' roll joint in ethnically diverse Brunswick. The bouncers and bosses terrify him, he's desperately in love with a much younger Greek waitress, and to make matters worse his mother has come to stay with him. Then a dead body turns up. He and his best mate, Dave, will have to do something about it, and fast - or it's goodnight, Carl. A cult hit later made into a film starring John Clarke, Sam Neill and Zoe Carides, Death in Brunswick is a classic Australian comedy.

About the Author

BOYD OXLADE was born in Sydney, and educated by the Jesuits in Ireland and at Xavier College, Melbourne. While at boarding school he developed a love of reading and began to write fiction. Oxlade attended Monash University in Melbourne during the heady years of student protests, then lived in Carlton-for a time in a converted chicken shed-before the suburb became gentrified. He worked occasionally as a cook and as a gravedigger, but was mostly on the dole: once for nine years straight. Hoping in vain to make some money, Oxlade wrote Death in Brunswick. It was published by Heinemann in 1987 and acclaimed for its finely tuned comic depiction of Melbourne's ethnically diverse northern suburbs. He co-wrote the screenplay for a film adaptation of the novel with the director John Ruane. Released in 1991, the movie starred Sam Neill, Zoe Carides and John Clarke, and became a cult hit. Its grave-digging scene remains one of the most famous moments in Australian cinema. Oxlade subsequently wrote screenplays and stories, 'mostly with no success'. He has had poems published in overseas magazines, and has returned to work on a project called 'Ron Elms, the Flying Butcher of Alamein'.
Industry Reviews
'Hilarious...macabre...creates with charming prose a perfectly charmless comic world.' -- Jack Hibberd

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