Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Long time between Blogs

The last time I blogged I was banging on about train movies at the screening of Look Both Ways at the Melbourne International Film festival. Since then I have been out and about with the publicity tour of the film and my book A Man's got to have a Hobby. I have also come up with a new train movie,Northwest Frontier. An English film from 1958 with Kenneth Moore and Lauren Bacall. There, now that I have gotten my Bill Collins bit out of the way, on with the Blog.

The film seems to have struck a real chord with people and by and large the reaction has been very favorable. Although I must tell you that being out has confirmed a few things for me. One is that there is something about my character which suggests to people they can say whatever they think about me. There seems to be no need or semblance of politeness on their behalfs.

At a book signing in Brisbane where everything was going along quite swimmingly I was approached by a reasonable human being. She told she enjoyed my book and would like a couple of copies signed. she also said how fine Look Both Was and then asked me if I was considering an international career. Ah, well I say, we'll see what happens.

She looked at me for a moment , pursed her lips and said"Well you have an odd shaped nose...Yes it's odd. You're almost handsome from some sides but you know you could use some work"

"Oh really, you think so" I say quite politely.
'Definitely, definitely." she says enthusiastically.
We stare at each other and I nod.
"Right " she says and thrusts a card out at me,"Here this is my brother's card. he's a plastic surgeon on the Gold Coast.He should be able to do a bit for you.Tell him Carmel sent you"

I say thankyou and ask her who I should sign the books to.

In Perth I had the good fortune to lock myself out of my hotel room and having to run the gauntlett of a foyer full of South African rugby supporters over for the Tri-nations game. It would'nt have been so bad if they hadn't have been from the casting agency for big bearded Boer types of South africans. they were all immense men in big jeans , with beards like large shrubs and big booming voices. It wouldn't have been so bad ,but they seemed to know me. They waved and hooted as I walked through the foyer. I had craftily locked myself out of the room and was wearing a rather sad pair of jamy shorts and a rainbow t-shirt a friend had bought me as a joke.

As I crossed the foyer my mates from the Veldt boomed out some quite astonishing bits of advice. For a moment I tried to think where they might have recognized me from, but then happily for me it became quite clear that they thought I was Troy Coker, a former international Rugby player for Australia.

Troy/William was told he was a crap rugby player, like all Australians and that Australia had ripped off the WORLD CUP IN 1992. A team Troy Coker/William mcinnes was a mamber of. I walked back to the lifts, feeling sorry for Troy Coker more than myself and was gained some satisfaction as I enetered the lift and advised the Boers, in the words of Breaker Morant via Edward Woodwood to,"Shoot Straight you Bastards" All the beards stopped yelling and looked quite perplexed.

Riding up in the lift I remebered my Auntie Rita used to say that Edward Woodwood, if you said it quickly enough , sounded like a fart in a bath.

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Anonymous Kath said...

You owe me a new keyboard! Mine has coffee in it after I just read Auntie Rita's line about Edward Woodward. It now looks like one of those cave paintings of handprints.

William, you have to keep writing, I've never laughed so much as while reading your book.

Cheers
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8:17 pm, September 08, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually it's Kate here but this blogging thing is new to me.

Hey William I have a train movie for you. "The Cassandra Crossing" - 1976. It starred Sophia Loren, Richard Harris, Martin Sheen and OJ Simpson to name a few. It was about a train crossing Europe that had been exposed to a deadly disease - what where the passengers to do. I remember sitting in the cinema with my friends being egged on to hold the pimply youths hand next to me - the same friend recently egged me on to get you to sign my book "from the other man in your life". And you did! - many thanks.

Back to the movie though I can honestly say that it didn't make me cry like "Look both ways" did. NO not cry, gut wrenching sobs actually, much to the embarrassment of my fellow movie goers. Brilliant work from you , and Sarah of course. Can't say enough good things about the movie - totally AWESOME.

Have to agree with Kath about you writing. Your blogg had me in stiches but how rude of that woman - A WC Fields quote sprang to mind as a reply. Obviously the woman has no taste!

Oh, yes Have a great birthday tomorrow William,
Cheers
Kate

10:50 am, September 09, 2005

 
Anonymous susan said...

At long last we went to see the film( I have been hanging out to see it for ages, but life, work etc got in the way)......... you have made me weep, laugh and wonder. Thankyou for such a stunning piece of work.
So, when can I expect to get the dvd?

10:17 pm, September 10, 2005

 
Anonymous Beth said...

OK William McInnes, I wept gleefully over the advent calendar and Golan. Then last night I went to see 'Look Both Ways' at the Nova. Brilliant. The use of animation was a joy. And you weren't bad either.

9:21 pm, September 13, 2005

 
Anonymous Kath said...

Congratulations on the Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival!! Well done, and very well deserved!!

And good luck at the San Sebastian Film Festival - I've got every faith that LBW will do very well.

Kath

8:00 pm, September 19, 2005

 
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3:46 am, September 21, 2005

 
Blogger neha said...

Absolutely loved watching the movie, and I am so glad I can let you know. :)

A freaky thing happened though, more to the woman I was watching it with, and that kind of disturbed her.

I had suggested watching LBW to a friend, who had this sister in law staying with her. So, s i l says - if you dont mind I'll join you guys. None of us knew that what it was about, except that I was told I should definitely not miss it.

Now, flashback to the morning of the same day - So she (s i l) starts her day and early noon (i think) someone meets her and tells her a common friend has died. She later realises, that she hadnt really known the person. Next she is travelling and sees the yellow tapes because there has been an accident, she doesnt like it but tries not to think about it. She comes home and we are already there. Now, I had a friend who died in an accident last year and though I very rarely talk about it, I tell her.

Then she watches the movie with us, she did kind of freak out. You see the whole thing was that the charecters keep seeing death all around.

I was blissfully unaware of the entire thing till next day, when, I pick the paper up and the cover page had this very distressed woman on the site of her partner's hit and run murder. She was about the same age and had really nice hair!!

and we were talking about how the movie was real...

11:18 pm, September 26, 2005

 
Anonymous susan said...

William, don't know where else to go to say this..............your book is wonderful! I laughed so much, have been press ganged into passing it round the family!
CHEERS.

10:49 pm, October 11, 2005

 
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4:50 pm, October 23, 2005

 
Blogger WilliamWatch said...

This was emailed to me via my newsblog:

I've just finished reading A Man's Got to Have a Hobby. Thank you for sharing your family and your love with us all. We live at Deception Bay - and my husband Ian bought the book to read while recovering from unexpected and very scary surgery just recently.

We grew up in Lismore not on the Peninsula but our girls grew up here and so much of your landscape is theirs and ours now.

You are blessed with memories and you have put into words the sheer wonder of growing up in a big family of border line micks, ALP zealots and animals - it is easy to translate much of your experience to growing up at 22 Engine Street South Lismore where madness and mayhem mixed in much the same fashion as on the battleaxe block..

I won't carry on about it. I just wanted you to know that you and your mum and dad and aunty Rita and your siblings and your own family have enriched us in a very special way.

Go gently and enjoy every day that stretches before you and your loved ones. You deserve it.



Regards


Michelle Burgett

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