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JONATHAN HARDY (1940 - 2012)
Jonathan Hardy (20 September, 1940 - 30 July, 2012) was a New Zealand-born Australian actor, writer and director. Hardy trained as an actor in Britain, and worked for the Royal National Theatre among other British companies. He returned to New Zealand with an RSC touring production and remained to help expand the NZ theatre industry. He later emigrated to Australia. He was in the original cast of Breaker Morant, presented by the MTC in Melbourne (1978). Hardy's film work included The Devil's Playground, Mr Reliable, andMoulin Rouge! He wrote the screenplay for the film of Breaker Morant for which he received an AFI award, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He also won the Taorima Festival (Italy) Bronze Award for Best Script forConstance. Hardy wrote and directed the movie Backstage starring Laura Branigan. He is best known to international audiences for providing the voice of Dominic Rygel XVI in the sci-fi series Farscape. Hardy died, aged 71, at his home in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales on 30 July 2012.
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Jungfrau is an adaption of Dymphna Cusack's acclaimed first novel, published in 1935. Set within Australia's 'Bloomsbury' set of free thinking liberals in the years between the wars, it is a richly poetic portrayal of three single women. They strive to maintain the delicate balance between friendship, professional ethics, social responsibility and their progressive philosophies. Jonathan Hardy's script celebrates a love of language and literature, whilst allowing us to turn our thoughts inwards as we ponder the somewhat directionless times in which we now live. Idiomatic of the nineteen thirties in which the play is set: "This is a play of sensitivity, sensibility, full of emotion, commitment, great love and poetic passion. It is not about victims or predators or anything so simplistic. It is about complex humanity and wishes to continue and enhance the insight of Dymphna Cusack." Jonathan Hardy, April 1997. From the Author's note: This is not just a piece of literature. It is a work the lives in the mouths of actors. It is a great loved story with important themes. Demanding from actors a classical technique and a sense of heightened realism to bring it to three-dimensional life
adapted from the novel Dymphna CUSAck (1902-1981)
Sydney : Currency Press in association with Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University Melbourne, 1997
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