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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
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
Michael de Percy
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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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