Graeme Blundell has worked extensively in Australian theatre, film, television and print media as an actor, director, producer, writer and biographer.
In Part 1 of his interview, he talks about his acting and directing career in theatre, including for the Melbourne Theatre Company, and his role as a founding member of Melbourne’s La Mama and Playbox Theatres. On television, Blundell’s career stretches from an uncredited appearance in the debut episode of Homicide (1964) to the second series of Laid (2012). His most famous acting role is Alvin Purple, which he played in three films and a TV series in the 1970s and ‘80s.
Graeme has written biographies of Brett Whiteley and Graham Kennedy, as well as an autobiography, The Naked Truth: A Life in Parts (2008). He discusses writing his regular commentary on television and crime writing for The Australian newspaper.
In Part 2 of the interview Graeme notes the impact of Alvin on his subsequent career and discusses some of the more than 40 films he has appeared in, including: Don’s Party (1977), Idiot Box (1996), Looking for Alibrandi (2000) and Star Wars: Episode III (2005). He talks about some of the hundreds of hours of television comedy and drama he has appeared in, including Ocean Star (2003) and Medivac (1996).
In this excerpt, Graeme Blundell discusses his role in the film of Don’s Party (1977), how he almost played the title role, and working with director Bruce Beresford and cinematographer Don McAlpine: