By Peter Fitzpatrick
They shared a reputation and their actual resemblance used to be startling. And, either Frank Thrings have been large figures within the panorama of 20th-century Australian theatre and picture. yet, in lots of methods, they can not often were extra diverse. Frank Thring the daddy (1882-1936) begun his occupation as a sideshow magican, and he wheeled, dealed, and infrequently married his manner into changing into the mythical "F.T." - an impresario, speculator, and proprietor of Efftee motion pictures, Australia's first 'talkies' studio. He equipped for himself a picture of grand patriarchal respectability, a monstrous fortune, and all of the makings of a dynasty. Frank Thring the son (1926-1994) squandered the fortune and derailed the dynasty during growing his personal character - a different presence which could make such a lot phases and foyers look small. He received reputation taking part in tyrants in togas in Hollywood blockbusters (perhaps his most renowned position used to be that of Pontius Pilate in Ben-Hur ), then, without warning, he got here domestic to Melbourne to play maybe his most interesting position - that of Frank Thring, actor and character extraordinaire. significant to this position was once that Frank the son was once unapologetically and outrageously homosexual. during this compelling twin biography, writer Peter Fitzpatrick tells the tale of 2 impressive characters. it is a form of detective tale, following the lives of 2 males who did all they can to hide their tracks, and to hide 'the self:' Frank the daddy used secrecy and sleight-of-hand as innovations for self-protection; Frank the son masked a completely reclusive character with flamboyant self-parody. it is also the story of a misplaced courting - and of the ability a father could have had, even over a son who hardly ever knew him. "This is a wonderfully developed biography, discovering a form within the lives it explores after impeccable research". The Sydney Morning usher in, October 27, 2012 In August 2013, this booklet received the nationwide Biography Award, Australia's pre-eminent prize for biographical writing and memoir.