Australian Biography - Charles "Bud" Tingwell

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Super: CHARLES 'BUD' TINGWELL
BORN 1923, SYDNEY
ACTOR, DIRECTOR

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Tingwell sync: Once I became a sort of a fairly established professional actor as a radio actor and, and did my movies in the late forties and things, I thought, I think if I'm really to prove I'm getting anywhere I should be in Hollywood by the time I'm thirty. And I suddenly, amazingly, flukily found I was in Hollywood just before my thirtieth birthday and I realised what a stupid, empty ambition that was. And what did it mean? Nothing.

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Photo. Tingwell as baby on beach at Coogee with mother

Tingwell v/o: Well, it was a close family, a Coogee family in Sydney and of course that

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meant the surf club where I got my nickname, I'm told, before I was born.

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Tingwell sync: What's budding there?, was said on the front at Coogee when the pregnancy was becoming obvious with Mum.

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Tingwell v/o: So, you know, we had a strong connection with the water

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and, of course, I joined the surf club as I was sixteen and got my bronze medallion and did

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all the swimming training and all that.

Interviewer o/s: When was your first memory of seeing a film

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or play or some actor performing?

Tingwell sync: Well, I found an old photograph the other day, that's got the, a

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Tingwell v/o: huge tree in a park at Coogee, opposite the surf club and it

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used to be opposite the Boomerang Cinema which isn't there now. And I can remember seeing a

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Tingwell sync: close-up on the screen in the Boomerang Cinema and I have a feeling I must have only been about two or three,

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and screaming in horror. But that's a very, very early memory. So I'm kind of

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Tingwell sync: surprised, looking back, that I ever went into films.

Interviewer o/s: What was your mother like?

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Tingwell v/o: Oh Mum was great. She was small, very energetic

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Tingwell sync: and, I think, happily disorganised.

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Tingwell v/o: I vaguely remember that the house was always full of other people,

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like a relative who didn't have anywhere to stay so they'd stay with us. And I used to wonder

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occasionally, I wonder what it would be like if it was just us? Because I don't remember that. There was always somebody there.

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Tingwell sync: But that was purely out of the goodness of Mum's heart.

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I remember being allowed to nurse Pat, my brother, when he was born. He was born at home. But

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Tingwell sync: I didn't know, but just before that happened, Dad had lost, had been retrenched. He was one of two cost accountants in one of the big car companies and they kept the other guy and let Dad go. And Dad apparently used to do what a lot of fellows did, pretend to go to work. Especially in the last few months.

Interviewer o/s: Because he didn't want to worry her with the

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baby due.

Tingwell v/o: Sure. I think he used pretend to go to work, dress up and, you know, and

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then after Pat was born, she

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Tingwell sync: found out. And that's when I think their real battles started. And then he got a job as a humble clerk in one the government departments, and

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Tingwell v/o: so, when he won the lottery in 1937, that was a huge deal. Five thousand

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pounds. Gosh, and he, bought the small house we were renting

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in Carrington Road and then put me and

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Tingwell sync: my brothers down for Sydney Grammar School to give us the opportunities that he did not have

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Tingwell v/o: because he left school so young.

Interviewer o/s: When did you first start performing?

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Well, it was at Randwick Intermediate High School. I remember sitting next to Owen

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Weingott, and our English master in first year, encouraged Owen and I

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Tingwell sync: to try to do little, pretend radio plays because we were very, very keen on the new thing called radio drama. Radio serials.

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Tingwell v/o: Then Owen's ambitions started to

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expand and he decided that he wanted to do a classroom

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Tingwell sync: production of A Tale of Two Cities which I thought was pretty ambitious as it's about the French revolution. And my first role was Lucy Manette in a borrowed dress of Mum's in a boys high school and it was rugby league school and probably still is and I played full back and it was pretty embarrassing.

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Tingwell v/o: But he used to talk me into entering radio competitions. and

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I got one of the leads in a radio serial with Jack Davey as a result of that. I was in the

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Tingwell sync: deep end with some of the best radio actors that Australia had in those days.

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Interviewer o/s: What sort of a job did you get when you left school?

Tingwell: It was a

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Tingwell sync: cadet announcer and panel operator. And a panel operator was the person who put the records on

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Tingwell v/o: and flicked the

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mike switch and sometimes, as a

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cadet announcer, you had to introduce the

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big star announcer. But you used to have to change the needles for every record

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Tingwell sync: and I've still got little scars on the fingertips where you had to screw them up tight otherwise they sounded funny.

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Tingwell v/o: Suddenly the odd picture started to appear of Charles Tingwell, the youngest announcer at 2CH and then there was one stage where I was, at one stage,

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the youngest announcer in Australia. And I,

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Tingwell sync: ashamed to admit that, I loved all that. I loved the publicity and I really thought I'd arrived and…

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Interviewer o/s: Were you paid well?

Tingwell v/o: Three pounds a week.

Interviewer o/s: Did you have a girlfriend?

Tingwell v/o: I, ah,

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Tingwell sync: no, was a bit nervous about girls. You know, I wasn't too sure. All these strange reactions you got if you saw a pretty girl. I thought, and I hadn't read enough books about all that. But, I didn't feel anything, but at the end of one school year, I think it was my final school year, a great friend of Mum's had a daughter, Patricia. And Patricia said to me one day, you must meet Audrey Wilson.

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Tingwell v/o: I remember, can still remember, opening the front door in Coogee and seeing this breathtaking girl.

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Tingwell sync: And I was gone from that moment on.

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Tingwell v/o: Then when I went away in the Air Force we were, will you

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wait for me? Oh yeah, of course. So we had the

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Tingwell sync: understanding and I bought an engagement ring in Cairo,

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Tingwell v/o: so we got engaged.

Interviewer o/s: What did you do

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in the air force ?

Tingwell v/o: I learnt to fly Spitfires and

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things like that and did this pretty amazing sort of

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job of flying an aircraft loaded with sophisticated cameras

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and flying over wherever the enemy were. And, some targets

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were more dangerous than others and Athens was a tough one. Salonika was a really tough one.

Interviewer o/s: How did you

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avoid being shot down?

Tingwell sync: Pure luck. Pure luck. Especially once we started a run, we had to fly straight and level and that gave the gunners plenty of time to have a good look at us.

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Tingwell v/o: But one moment when I thought I was really crashing in a Spitfire, I got caught in bad cloud.

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So I was probably at about five hundred miles an hour going down vertically.

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Tingwell sync: And there was the water straight ahead of me. And I can remember letting everything go thinking, ah, this is it. And it was the calmest feeling I can ever remember having. It was extraordinary. Then I realised I hadn't hit the water yet, grabbed the control column, hauled back on it.

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Tingwell v/o: And I staggered across the top of the water.

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Tingwell sync: But I've never forgotten that extraordinary feeling of calm for probably only a split second but in my memory it was longer than that. Couldn't have been or else I'd have been in the water. And so I was safe.

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Tingwell v/o: I think any of us who'd flown as long as, I suppose, I

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had and, you know, a lot of others, we were all probably a bit of a quiet

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Tingwell sync: mess inside that we weren't either too sure about or hid it well.

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Tingwell v/o: Maybe drank a few too many beers and things.

Interviewer o/s: Do you remember the homecoming?

Tingwell v/o: Very

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much, yeah, yeah. And I've got a photograph to prove it which I didn't know had been taken.

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Tingwell sync: Years and years later, well after the war, there was an article in a women's magazine about how to treat your man when he comes out of the services. And there was a photograph of two people kissing, you couldn't quite see their faces,

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Tingwell v/o: and the woman's hand had a glove on it and a little bracelet

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on. And I recognised the bracelet. I'd bought it in Bethlehem.

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Tingwell sync: And I raced into the newspaper office, can I see the original photograph? And then I saw the full print,

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Tingwell v/o: and there was Mum, Mum there,

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Dad there and my little brother, now

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towering over us. So I remember the homecoming terribly well, largely through that photograph.

Interviewer o/s: You didn't marry Audrey

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until six years after the war ended - why did you wait so long?

Tingwell v/o: Oh, we couldn't find a flat

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Tingwell sync: and you didn't get married unless you could find a flat. And you had to have somewhere. And by then Audrey, it was tough for her because she loved the thought of flying. Her mother wouldn't let her join the Air Force. She wanted to join the Air Force when I did.

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Tingwell v/o: But eventually Audrey got into Trans Australia Airlines as an air hostess

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Tingwell v/o: as they were then properly called. And

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I remember ringing Audrey from Sydney saying, Darl, we can get married, I've got a flat.

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Tingwell sync: And I remember the little pause that said, oh good. Because she was loving flying. The thing was

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Tingwell sync: the moment she indicated she was going to get married, she had to resign.

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Tingwell v/o: You weren't allowed to fly and be married under those postwar regulations.

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Tingwell sync: So, the pause was, oh dear, yes I'll get married but now I've got to lose this wonderful job.

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Interviewer o/s: How did you get your first role in a film ?

Tingwell v/o: My mother

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Tingwell sync: said, ah, they're making a film called 'Smithy'; you'd make a wonderful Smithy and you know where Cinesound is. Why don't you go out? And I was a flight lieutenant and I had wings and

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Tingwell v/o: some service ribbons and things. And the casting director

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Tingwell sync: said, "Have you come about a part?" I said, yes. "He said, "Is that your own uniform?" I said, yes. "Can you read lines? I said, yeah. He said, "Good, you're in, providing you bring your own uniform."

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Super: 'Smithy' -- 1946

Tingwell v/o: So they cast me as the control tower officer at the beginning of the film

Interviewer o/s: By the time you did your second

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film, you were playing the lead.

Tingwell v/o: Yes.

Interviewer o/s: What film was that?

Tingwell v/o: A film called Always Another Dawn. It was

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Super: 'Always Another Dawn' -- 1947

set, had a naval background. It was sort of based on a rather gallant action by one of the Australian naval ships which was sunk in a naval battle.

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'Always Another Dawn' film poster

Interviewer o/s: Did you have a love interest?

Tingwell v/o: Yes, Betty McDowell, she was the girlfriend.

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Tingwell sync: Played by one of our very good actresses in Sydney at the time.

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Interviewer o/s: Where did the chance to go to Hollywood to work on the film

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'Desert Rats' come from ?

Tingwell sync: Totally out of the blue. I'd played the role with 20th Century Fox in 'Kangaroo'.

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Tingwell v/o: In '52 a very fine radio producer in

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Sydney called Grace Gibson, suddenly decided she wanted to make

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Tingwell sync: a television movie in 1952, four years before telly started in Australia.

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Tingwell v/o: So she decided the story line wouldn't be bad if we had an American ex-GI who stayed in Australia. And that was one of the reasons I was invited to Hollywood.

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Interviewer o/s: You knocked back a Hollywood contract to come home and work on a film with Chips

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Rafferty. What was the attraction?

Tingwell v/o: We did things underwater that had never been done before.

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Tingwell sync: They'd written in a scene, almost the inevitable scene in an

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Tingwell v/o: underwater movie. The man in the helmet gets caught and the airline is fouled and the water's going to rise up in the helmet

And the scene was me coming down gallantly with the aqua lung to see what was wrong, and seeing that he was trapped, and the water was filling up and I took the mouthpiece out of the aqua lung and put it up under the collar of the thing. Now, until we did it, we didn't know whether it'd work.

And that huge mass of bubbles and Chips' face appears. And he's got this wonderful grin on his face, the most realistic bit of acting you've ever seen because it worked.

So that was remarkable stuff.

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Interviewer o/s: And your career was going well in Australia when you went off to London to finish 'The Shiralee'

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with Peter Finch. What made you stay there?

Tingwell v/o: We hadn't intended to stay.

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And I accidentally got trapped in London

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Tingwell sync: for sixteen years. Because all sorts of amazing things happened.

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Tingwell v/o: I'd got that part in Emergency Ward 10, which was only to be a fill-in program

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and it took off like a rocket and we were all suddenly, you know, the number one show and things

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and, I did six years in that show on three month contracts.

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Live to air. No recording of any kind.

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And one of the publicity people worked out that the possible viewing

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audience per episode was twenty seven million.

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Tingwell sync: And we begged him never to use those words again in front of us. Because we were live to air and the thought of half the population of the United Kingdom watching us was too alarming.

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Interviewer o/s: You were very much the love interest in 'Emergency Ward

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10'. How did Audrey feel generally about your screen romances?

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Tingwell v/o: She said something very wise to a dear friend of ours once and I was doing a stage play. And I had to kiss the leading lady about four or five times during the and she said to Audrey, aren't you worried that, you know, Bud

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Tingwell sync: having to kiss this very beautiful girl. Aren't you worried that he might be enjoying it? She said, Audrey said, I'd be much more worried if he wasn't. And so I didn't take that as a, you know, have fun darling but I thought it was a rather wise thought.

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Interviewer o/s: Was Audrey a good critic of your work?

Tingwell v/o: Ooh yeah. Ooh

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yeah.

Interviewer o/s: Was she a severe critic?

Tingwell v/o: Relatively.

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Tingwell sync: Knew, I think, like most actors my ego's a bit fragile. But, yeah, if she said, no, good Darl, it was probably alright. It was, how's that? Yeah, good Darl, yeah alright. Marvellous judge of scripts.

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Interviewer o/s: When your children were born during that time in London -

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how did you like being a father?

Tingwell v/o: Oh, I,

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I loved that. It was great. I was at the birth of both of them.

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I know with the morning Christopher was born,

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he was born at twenty to eight And I always went crook at her, because her first words about

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him when she looked at him, she said, he looks like Edward G. Robinson.

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Tingwell sync: What! But, yeah, that was great. And the same thing happened

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Tingwell v/o: with Virginia, except that she didn't look anything like Edward G. Robinson.

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Interviewer o/s: Did being one of the best known faces

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in Britain bring any difficulties for you ?

Tingwell v/o: Yes,

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I was doing a stage play and I went in to buy the cast a drink.

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Tingwell sync: And a bloke got my autograph for his girlfriend. I had to borrow a pen, and as I was handing the pen back he said, thanks very much and whacked and punched me on the side of the head. I looked round, and he was quite a big bloke, young fellow. I said, what was that for? He said, "My girlfriend's a great fan of yours, so there."

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Tingwell v/o: I thought, oh, thanks very much. But then there was a lovely photograph

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on one of the afternoon papers of Audrey and I either bathing or weighing Christopher. And late

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Tingwell sync: that night I got a threatening call about him.

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Tingwell v/o: But we were about to move to a house and the police said, do us a favour and don't be in the phone book. So

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Tingwell sync: I've not been in the phone book anywhere ever since and it is a bit of a nuisance not being available to your friends, I suppose. But it wiped a lot of the glamour off fame, you know.

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Interviewer o/s: What eventually brought you back home to Australia?

Tingwell v/o: I played the lead in a comedy

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Tingwell sync: in London for two years. A play called 'There's a Girl in My Soup'. And I wasn't the original guy, but I took over when it had three months to run and the enormously thing was that it took off and it ran for two years and when I left it folded. So my agent said, don't you dare leave London. I said, no, and that's when we came home to see my mum.

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Tingwell v/o: Dad had died when we were away, unfortunately. So that's what brought me back. Purely a sentimental personal trip home.

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Tingwell sync: But I did have a letter from Hector Crawford before we left London, said, if you've got the time, I know you're on a personal trip, but do some work for us.

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Tingwell v/o: And I loved it so, and that's how, that's what brought us back.

Interviewer o/s: We know

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Crawford's as a major commercial pioneer of a lot of the early Australian drama series,

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but what was it like as a place to work?

Tingwell v/o: I loved it because in

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a way it was like the very best of the old American big studio system but on a smaller scale.

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Tingwell sync: And there was this marvellous feeling of, of show biz right across the board.

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Interviewer o/s: And you did some television directing with them too, didn't you?

Tingwell v/o: Yes I did.

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Well, I had asked Hector if I stay on

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in 'Homicide', is there any chance of doing a bit of directing and producing?

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And then I became a regular director on 'The Sullivans' and then produced a few things

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here and there. And, so that sort of launched my

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directing, producing career. And did a bit of acting

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as well, too.

Interviewer o/s: You've played a lot of

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supporting roles and some people say that's not a very good idea for someone who's very earliest film role was a lead.

Tingwell sync: Yeah. I think I worked out that particularly in Australia, you can have a bit of trouble paying the rent if you only play leads. I love the fact that I was, frankly, happy to play anything.

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Tingwell v/o: And I'm still like that and I still do things that people say, you know,

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should you have done that role? And, I don't know, I've, I've never been

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Tingwell sync: mad about being a star. And, in fact I always remember hearing Peggy Ashcroft admonishing an interviewer when he said, and what does it feel like to be a star at your age or something? Oh, please don't use that word.

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Tingwell v/o: Now we all sort of know what it means we think but I've never had

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that ambition. I love being handed a good role,

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even if it's only a short role. And really, if you keep your

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Tingwell sync: wits about you, you can learn from everything you do. And I used to love that. Still do.

Interviewer o/s: During the seventies and eighties you

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never stopped working, but then you seemed to give it up for quite a while.

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Tingwell v/o: Yes, it was a while, mainly, dare I say,

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Tingwell sync: because my wife became less and less well and was quite seriously ill. She was still at home and I was once described as the sole carer by the community people who came to the house to see if was safe, and to put handrails in and things like that. And I thought, sole carer? No, I'm just looking after my wife, you know, as you do. But, it suddenly alerted me to the fact that it was much more serious. So I was really restricting myself to doing voice-overs and things that didn't keep me out of the house very long.

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Tingwell v/o: So I think people had got into the habit of realising that I wasn't available.

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I remember when Audrey died, I was, I was, you know, quite happy

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Tingwell sync: to sort of sit there and do nothing and think a lot and probably get sick and not be very well, I would think. But it was only the work that saved me.

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Super: 'The Castle' -- 1996

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Interviewer o/s: How important was it in your recovery from Audrey's death that you took that role, do you think?

Tingwell sync: Very important. It didn't stop the down sides. You know, home from the studio or wherever we'd been shooting. It still got a bit lonely and I think I would have, I would have loved her to have read the script.

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Tingwell v/o: But…

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Tingwell sync: It also then, when the film came out, of course, we had this extraordinary reaction to it. And it said, oh, he's up and about again is he? He's doing a bit of work. So, that sort of, and since then, since 'The Castle', I've had I think the six busiest years I've ever had. It's been extraordinary.

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Excerpt -- Tulip [9 shots]

Super: 'Tulip' -- 1997

Interviewer o/s: You did a short film directed by Rachel Griffiths which was quite autobiographical. Was that hard for you?

Tingwell v/o: Yes, it was close to the bone. It was, you know, a chap getting over from, his wife had just died. And Rachel, as a director, was superb because I don't remember talking about anything else other than what the man was actually thinking because cameras are accurate and photograph that.

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Tingwell sync: So, in every way, it worked as a wonderful experiment.

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Interviewer o/s: And then you made 'Innocence' with Paul Cox. Did you enjoy working with him?

Tingwell v/o: Oh yes.

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Tingwell sync: To me he's the master director.

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Super: 'Innocence' -- 1999

Tingwell v/o: And, or in the case of 'Innocence', his, he told me that long before we made the movie, he had this, this feeling, this understanding that people don't change inwardly as they grow older but, and are capable of hatred, love, falling in love, all sorts of things. And then, in my own experience, of now being very much older, very accurate too.

Interviewer o/s: Right now, at this point in time, what are you thinking about your career? What's next for you,

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Bud?

Tingwell sync: I frankly have no ambitions at all left. Or no, I was always nervous about ambitions because they can lead you astray sometimes. However, I frankly just want to do what I'm doing. I have been asked by three or four publishers now to think about doing a book and I've at last agreed, God, this sounds awful doesn't it? I've agreed to do one.

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Tingwell v/o: But I confess I so love mucking about

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and being an actor and, yeah, even

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directing a bit, that I don't want to not do what I've been doing,

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certainly over the last six years. It's been absolutely fantastic. If my health holds up,

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Poster for 'The Carer'

I just want to potter along doing all those.

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And none of them, I have to say,

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Freeze frame at end of dialogue

Fade to black

Tingwell sync: I wonder if it's good for my career? I frankly don't care. Sounds like fun. Not fun, you know, beaut, the whole thing.

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Credits begin:

Interviewer
ROBIN HUGHES

Editor
KIM MOODIE

Director of Photography
NICHOLAS SHERMAN ACS

Sound Recordist
ROB WANLESS

Researcher and
Production Manager
KARINN CHEUNG

Sound Post Production
DIGITAL CITY STUDIOS

Online Edit
VISUALEYES

Transcripts
CLEVERTYPES

Music

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Credits continue:
FILM AUSTRALIA PRODUCTION UNIT

Business Affairs Manager
SALLY REGAN

Production Liaison
ISABEL PEREZ

Production Accountant
LISA CALDER

Executive Producer's Assistant
REBECCA WEBB

Production Assistant
SALLY CREAGH

With Thanks To
THE TINGWELL FAMILY
CRAWFORD PRODUCTIONS
ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA
FILM AUSTRALIA LIBRARY
AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
CONTENT SALES
ALAN HOPGOOD - BAY STREET PRODUCTIONS
AFI LIBRARY & RESEARCH SERVICES
MITCHELL LIBRARY, STATE LIBRARY OF NSW
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FILM CORPORATION
JEFF BUSBY
DAVID PARKER

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'Smithy' & 'Always Another Dawn'
courtesy of ScreenSound Australia,
The National Screen and Sound Archive

Still from 'Kangaroo' courtesy of
Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved

'Al Munch' courtesy of
Grace Gibson Radio Productions

'King of the Coral Sea'
courtesy of Penn Robinson

'Emergency Ward 10' photographs
courtesy of Carlton International Media Limited/LFI

'Homicide' footage courtesy of
Crawfords Australia and Seven Network

'The Castle' footage courtesy of
Working Dog Pty Ltd

'Tulip' courtesy of
Rachel Griffiths, Louise Smith & Zealot

'Innocence' courtesy of
Paul Cox, Illumination Films

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Produced in association with
SBS-TV AUSTRALIA

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Series Producer &
Director
ROD FREEDMAN

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Executive Producer
MARK HAMLYN

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