Category Archives: Film and television

Anna May Wong’s Lucky Shoes

The cover of Anna May Wong’s Lucky Shoes designed by Huey Groves The book is published by the Culicidae Press and is available via Amazon.com or Culicidaepress.com A review of the book by Zoe Nikakis in Voice in The Age, … Continue reading

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The Doll Theatre Project

The Doll Theatre Project Derham Groves The first cohort of students to do the new Bachelor of Environments degree at the University of Melbourne completed the course in semester two of last year, 2010. “Architectural Design Studio 4: Fire,” which … Continue reading

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Anna May Wong’s Lucky Shoes

Architecture students doing my Popular Art, Architecture and Design course at the University of Melbourne have designed and made pairs of shoes for the Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong, which will appear in a book about Anna May to be … Continue reading

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Ethel versus the Spider

A test video using my new incredible Flip Ultra HD camcorder. I’m no Ed Wood…yet.

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Forthcoming Talk at the Art Deco and Modernism Society

Hollywood comes to Melbourne Melbourne Academic Derham Groves will present the story of the Hollywood star, Anna May Wong, who starred in numerous movies (usually as an Oriental Temptress) and who visited Melbourne to perform at the Tivoli in 1939. … Continue reading

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Charley Chase’s Dymaxion Car

I was looking at film clips of Anna May Wong on YouTube. She was one of the actors featured in Hollywood Party (1937), a short film of a garden party with a Chinese theme, held to raise funds for the … Continue reading

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Anna May Wong in Australia

Elaine Mae Woo, the director of Frosted Yellow Willows (2007), a documentary about the career of Anna May Wong, visited Melbourne last week for the Anna May Wong retrospective at ACMI. Pictured are moderator Philipa Hawker (above, left), Elaine and … Continue reading

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Vale Dominick Dunne, 1925 – 2009

Dominick Dunne and the grave of his daughter Dominique at Pierce Brothers cemetery in Los Angeles.  Dominique’s tragic murder started Dominick’s second career as a ‘celebrity’ crime reporter and a crime fiction author.

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Dominick Dunne

Recently we saw the compelling Australian documentary Celebrity: Dominick Dunne. What an amazing life he’s had! Besides experiencing more than his fair share of personal tragedies, knowing ‘everybody’ in Hollywood and covering celebrity trials for Vanity Fair, Dunne also produced … Continue reading

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James Drury, The Virginian

Above: James Drury, star of the popular US TV Western series The Virginian, visited Australia in the 1960s (although I’m not sure exactly what year). When he arrived at Essendon Airport in Melbourne he was greeted by TV personality Panda … Continue reading

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