An accomplished actress and an arresting beauty, Wendy Hughes really is one of the key identities of the Australian film renaissance beginning in the 1970s and continuing in film and television terms, for the rest of her life. One of the most recognisable screen faces and voices, her roles were often poignant, sometimes brash, but always eminently watchable. She will be sadly missed.
The NFSA holds much of Wendy’s on screen work, which means that opportunities to appreciate her performances will continue. Recent restoration work on the 1978 feature film [legacy-smartlink:Newsfront] (Phillip Noyce) has reminded us of the striking young woman who literally glows on scene in beautifully restored colour.
And, whilst her work in so many films and television productions over the years tell their own tales, we are also fortunate enough to hold an oral history interview with Wendy. This conversation, recorded in 2009 by journalist Michaela Boland, has been published in full on our SoundCloud channel.
It is the NFSA’s privilege to share in the celebration of a notable actor’s life and times through its work in locating and preserving her cinematic memory.
Senior Curator – Film, Documents, Artefacts