Distinguished Australian actor John Derum presents an insight into Joseph Furphy’s famous novel Such is life. John Derum introduces the book and reads some hilarious extracts, before Furphy’s great-grandnephew Andrew talks about his family and the short film Child lost on Goolumbulla (25 minutes).
Novelist, poet and author of 1982 Miles Franklin winning book Just Relations Rodney Hall discusses some of his favourite books including Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island and Tom Collins Such is Life.
THE name Furphy is as close to rural Victorian celebrity as it comes. When the Furphy name comes up in conversation, nine times out of 10 it will be about the water cart,'' says Andrew, the great-grandson of John and the great-grandnephew of Joseph.
"Very few people, aside from literary types, make the connection to Joseph as he wrote under the pseudonym Tom Collins.''
“A New Film Celebrates the Australian Classic Such is Life”
Radio National, Books and Arts Daily, Including Audio - August 2013
Australian classic novels are getting some attention at the moment. Text publishing continues to add to its Text Classic Series, Allen & Unwin has a classics series and now there's a film giving new life to Joseph Furphy's 1890's epic Such is Life. The short film called Child Lost on Goolumbulla is based on just one scene in the novel -which depicts the story of a helpless child lost in the bush. Andrew Furphy - a direct descendant of Joseph Furphy, produced the film with actor John Derum who also acted in the film and voiced the audio book of Furphy's original Such is Life.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Anson Cameron - April 2012
A story by Anson Cameron
I have a friend who has decided to make a short film of an excerpt from Such Is Life. His idea is that it might trigger a brief resurrection for the book. The excerpt is the story of a little girl lost in the bush and the search for her. Australia's white settlers lived in constant anxiety of their children disappearing into the wilderness. Furphy was involved in two searches himself; none of the four children he searched for was found alive
Radio National, Hindsight, Including Audio - February 2010
This story of furphies picks its way through facts and fictions. A furphy is a rumour or a yarn. The term was given to us by an Irish immigrant family who settled in Victoria in the 1800s. Accounts of the precise origins of the term 'furphy' have changed over the years, however. There have been a few furphies within the furphy story. The indisputable fact is that two very interesting brothers, between them, left us a legacy rich in words.
In February 1904, Stella Miles Franklin – then aged 24 – received an admiring letter from a 60-year-old former bullock-driver named Joseph Furphy. He requested a photograph and proposed that they meet.
Joseph Furphy is back. He's squatting under his beloved wilga tree in his bushie gear, stirring the billy can water with a stick. Not the real Furphy, of course, but a statue in bronze by Castlemaine sculptor Phil Mune.