FILM

Peter Finch
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Oscar winning actor born in London on 28th September, 1916.

Topsy turvy childhood, being shuffled between relatives until coming to Australia aged 10. In 1949 he was taken to London by Laurence Olivier after working in radio and on stage.

Peter Finch in the 1940s
Peter Finch in the 1940s


In 1954 he narrated the Newsreel film of Queen Elizabeth's first visit to Australia. Her Majesty is seen landing at Farm Cove.

He received British Film Academy awards for A Town Like Alice, The Trials Of Oscar Wilde, No Love For Johnnie, Sunday Bloody Sunday and Network.

His long list of films also include The Shiralee, The Nun's Story and Far From The Madding Crowd.

Peter Finch died on 14th January, 1977.

In 1977 he was awarded an Oscar posthumously for his role in Network in which he plays a TV newsman who gets high ratings by threatening to commit suicide on air. Bryan Brown also came under notice for his part in Network and it is coincidence that both starred in A Town Like Alice ( the book by Neville Shute) - Finch being in the 1956 version with Virginia McKenna.


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