Remembering Shirley Barrett: an offbeat and generous Australian director and writer

Barrett passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Sydney at age 60, following a battle with metastatic breast cancer. Her film Love Serenade will show at MIFF.

Kirsten Stevens, The University of Melbourne

Australia, and the world, has lost a unique voice with the passing last week of acclaimed director and writer Shirley Barrett.

Barrett gained international fame in 1996 when she won the Caméra d’Or – Cannes Film Festival’s award for best first feature – for Love Serenade. Following growing global attention, by 1997 the New York Times would celebrate her as ‘a pragmatic Australian with an offbeat take on the world.’

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