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Toni Collette says her latest character is having a “classic midlife crisis”. It’s an experience that must seem a world away for the western Sydney-born actor, contentedly married with two children and never out of work, even as she longs for more roles on home soil. On the Western Australian set of the feature film Jasper Jones, Collette says she misses “the space, the light, family, friends, fresh air – all the basics”.

The actor was so keen on Jasper Jones – the story of a bookish boy who becomes embroiled in the mysterious death of a local girl, based on the award-winning novel by Craig Silvey – that she wanted to option the rights to the film herself.


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For those of us alive in 1989, when an unnamed man defiantly stood in front of a row of tanks after the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, we remember the indelible news footage and images of him swinging plastic shopping bags in a daring, impromptu dance between the desire for democracy and the crushing firepower of the Chinese state. Who was he? What propelled his bravery? What were the consequences of his actions, and what became of him – and, for that matter, the soldier who failed to run him down?




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