The Bastard from the Bush

The Bastard from the Bush John Jarratt cult icon and one of Australia s best loved screen actors spent a bucolic boyhood in the lush countryside of Wongawilli and his youth in the Snowy Mountains Townsville and Aramac wit

  • Title: The Bastard from the Bush
  • Author: John Jarratt
  • ISBN: 9781760067489
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • John Jarratt, cult icon and one of Australia s best loved screen actors, spent a bucolic boyhood in the lush countryside of Wongawilli, and his youth in the Snowy Mountains, Townsville and Aramac, with sojourns in the tropical splendour of Magnetic Island These were years filled with boisterous outdoor adventures, a rollicking extended family and a collection of true frieJohn Jarratt, cult icon and one of Australia s best loved screen actors, spent a bucolic boyhood in the lush countryside of Wongawilli, and his youth in the Snowy Mountains, Townsville and Aramac, with sojourns in the tropical splendour of Magnetic Island These were years filled with boisterous outdoor adventures, a rollicking extended family and a collection of true friends, clouded only by his father s violent rages.After an unlikely apprenticeship at NIDA he launched a career that took him to the peaks of the film industry, from a featured role as Albert in Picnic at Hanging Rock to his career defining embodiment of Ned Kelly For years he was a laconic TV home improvement co host, before reviving his film career with a nightmare inducing performance as Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek Along the way he fathered six children in a series of tumultuous relationships, as he struggled with the dual addiction of alcohol and house building.In his sixth decade, after a lifetime of reckless living, he has found his voice, salty but rambunctiously entertaining, and told with the confidence of a raconteur and, finally, he has discovered personal happiness by unexpectedly reuniting with the one grand love of his life.Told with honesty and humour, this is an Australian life lived large, filled with passion and pain.

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    1. 4★This is as Australian a life as you’re ever likely to experience. It’s all action and raw feelings – a natural larrikin, eldest of 3 boys, brought up playing on slag heaps near Wollongong and exploring the nearby bush. Danger and punching the daylights out of each other was their and their friends’ idea of fun.“Unbeknown to our parents, our game was to ride the conveyor belt to the top of the bunker and jump off just where the coal spewed into the cavernous hold below. That was the [...]

    2. As well as being a fine actor, John Jarratt proves himself an accomplished storyteller in his autobiography, The Bastard from the Bush. It was fascinating to learn about Jarratt's childhood, his career spanning five decades in Australian theatre, film and television, and his challenges with addiction and relationships. Jarratt shares his experience, strength and hope with humour and heart, and I can pay the book no greater compliment than to say it made me both laugh and cry. Inspiring.

    3. Devoted family man/father, talented actor, storyteller and all round larrikin John Jarratt tells it as it is warts and all.

    4. 2.5 stars. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I really wanted to like this book, especially as I normally love autobiographies by people I don't have a natural affinity with as it shows life from a different perspective.I found the middle of the book was well written. The first 30% did not read true to me, the facts did but the way the story was told felt like a man who was trying to prove he was a 'Bastard from the Bush.' As I continued to read the story seemed to settle in [...]

    5. Three and a half stars - Written like he's spinning you yarns from throughout his life, there's a bit too much crude language for my liking, but I suppose that's to be expected. It seems to cover John's colourful and varied life with a timely reminder about pirating films and hurting the Australian film industry. Worth a look if you're interested in the life of a larger than life Aussie and all his trials and tribulations. Thank you to The Reading Room for this copy.

    6. An interesting insight into Johns life showing parts of him seldom know. It really makes sense of how the past 10 or so years have panned out and also gives some of the little known comical side to his life. Really is worth the read

    7. Sometimes interesting but often tedious. Endless house renovations, fights, drunken scenes and meaningless anecdotes. And then some more house renovations.

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