Filmmakers back on Hydra to make Johnston-Clift film

The latest launch of a George Johnston and Charmian Clift project pushed along by a serious literary prize.

The lives of expat writers George Johnston and Charmian Clift on Hydra in the Mediterranean sea in the nine years from 1953 have fascinated producers wanting substantial characters, a whiff of melodrama, some gorgeous locations and a deep sense of yearning for the perfect creative life. Especially since most of us only get to create in noisy offices or the corners of board room tables.

Cascade Films, aka David Parker and Nadia Tass, have been trying for a long time, and worked with Andrew Knight on an early interation. Knight recently informed them that Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell had launched Half the Perfect World (Monash University Publishing), a non-fiction work on just that topic.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.