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Tell 'em nothin', take 'em nowhere is Max Cullen's motto, so a memoir about his life was always bound to be enigmatic...

Actor, artist, sometime journalist, erstwhile husband, drinker, Max Cullen is a legend of the Australian arts. Here, the man of famously few words tells the inside story of six decades of working in films and theatre that have shaped Australian culture
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Paperback, 250 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Macmillan Australia
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Ian Banks
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to enjoy this a lot morethan I did. Mr Cullen is a mainstay of the Australian acting scene and has acted in so much of the visual wallpaper of my life that I was well-disposed to this before I started.

But it was a chore. The obvious mistake is one that many other writers have made of trying to appear far more clever and witty than they need to. I love puns and wordplay so this wasnt a problem for me, but there are moments when Cullen uses his wit to put a band-aid over a gaping wound
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I had to track down this autobiography of Max Cullen. I wanted to know more about him. I did a show on the works of Henry Lawson put to music on The Rebel Chorus (a show I present on 2XX 98.3FM community radio in Canberra). While looking up a CD by John Schumman of Lawson's words put to music, I stumbled upon Max Cullen again. I went to his solo performance of Faces in the Street: A Salute to Henry Lawson at The Street Theatre in Canberra in April 2010. The ending left me bewildered: should I ...more
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