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The Screen Guide

In this spirited and highly original documentary, acclaimed director Gillian Armstrong reveals the many lives of one larger-than-life woman - flamboyant design pioneer, Florence Broadhurst. Born in outback Australia in 1899, she was a singer and dancer in Shanghai in the 20s and ran her own fashion boutique in London in the 30s before sweeping into Sydney society as a painter and charity queen. But it was in her last incarnation that she really made her mark, shaking up conservative Australia with her bold, exotic wallpaper designs. Now, with her prints in huge demand internationally, the times have finally caught up with this glamorous, complicated, unconventional woman, whose brutal murder in 1977 has never been solved.

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Gillian Armstrong
Katherine Thomson
Charles Hannah  Sue Clothier
Executive Producers
Mark Hamlyn
Dir. of Photography
John Radel
Judi Farr - Felicity Price - Hanna Garbo
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Art and culture, History and national identity
Production Company
Film Australia Limited  Becker Entertainment

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