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The Autobiography Of Anthony Buckley

Behind a Velvet Light Trap
- a filmmakers journey from Cinesound to Cannes

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Format: 416 page hardcover book with
original embossed dust jacket and featuring
both colour and B&W illustrations throughout
ISBN: 9781740667906

Reviews & Media Mentions

Size: 257mm(h) x 185mm(w) x 35mm (d)
10"(h) x 7½"(w) x 1½"(d)
Weight: 1324g (1.4kg)

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introduction By the author

Autobiography by Anthony Buckley

Behind A Velvet Light TrapAs the editor of the classic films Wake in Fright, Age of Consent and Nureyev's DonQuixote, and producer of such masterly films as Caddie, Bliss, Oyster Farmer, The Night The Prowler and The Killing of Angel Street, as well as television series that include Poor Man's Orange, Celluloid Heroes and Man on the Rim, TonyBuckley is well placed to take us behind the scenes to observe through his eyes the fascinating growth of Australian film making.

Covering a vast period of our modern history he introduces us to the characters he has met: actors, stars, producers, technicians – sharing his entertaining stories and insights.

Awarded a multitude of prizes and awards in recognition of his achievements. Tony takes us with him on his personal journey from a child who falls in love with the cinema to Cannes and the multi-million dollar movie industry. From his earliest recollections, film has run through Tony's blood and he continues to be passionate about Australia's rich filmic history.

Reviews & Media Mentions

The Age - Sept 9, 2009

"A life in celluloid"
- The Age (Sept 9, 2009)

A new memoir shines a spotlight on a quiet hero of Australian cinema. Philippa Hawker talks to Anthony Buckley. PDF version (131k)


"Reflections of a life in the movies"
- SBS Films (Sept 2, 2009)

Tony Buckley has devoted his life to the realisation of Australian stories on screen, and has  witnessed first hand, the film industry's peaks and troughs. He speaks to Peter Galvin about committing his memories to the public record in his new book, Behind a Velvet Light Trap: A Filmmaker's Journey From Cinesound to Cannes. PDF Version (534k)


"Buckley, Anthony - Behind A Velvet Light Trap"
- Urban Cinefile (Sept 10, 2009)

Anthony Buckley has the measured charm of a man who has done it all – cinematically speaking, anyway. And now he’s telling it all, too, in a peppery, amusing and informative memoir, Behind A Velvet Light Trap, which is filled with detail and anecdotes. Like the time he slept in Rudolf Nureyev’s four poster in London’s East Sheen. That’ll probably be the most-thumbed chapter (No 16), Buckley tells Andrew L. Urban. PDF Version (415k)

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"At the cutting edge"
- Sun Herald (Nov 1, 2009)

Behind a Velvet Light Trap: A filmmaker's Journey from Cinesound to Cannes, written by Anthony Buckley, published by Hardie Grant and reviewed by John Clare. PDF Version (63k)


"Film star who toiled behind the scenes"
- Sydney Morning Herald (Dec 12, 2009)

A big-screen pioneer never doubted that Australians wanted to see Australian films. Behind a Velvet Light Trap reviewed by Sandra Hall. PDF Version (74k)

Publication Details

ISBN: 9781740667906
Format: Hardback, 416 Pages
with Colour and B&W Illustrations throughout
Weight: 1324g






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