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DRIAMATISES AUSTRALIA'S PAST
I:NTERESTING, bearded, Rex SRienits, uthor of the'cutrent A.B.C. -rial, "Stoirmy Pctrel' .(th. story - n ;\Villiam Bligh)-lo. be .broaJcast It 6G40 p.m: Monday to Thuroday (Ioteratatc)-is the oan whose hi totical rresreh lcd td the fioming of ..-of* .4 -Cnistode-"
A former journo lit; Rienlts' has ?evoted the past 'hree :yeas to . frpe'liaie uwiring , for-'flims and .`radio. "Learning: : :'that Hiariy \Vatt. r having completed " ''The " Overland
for an Australian R tt Renit.. h:t2 I~rTil dny/ he sent hie maru. sc'; -cilt ti, England. Watt decided it s?:iould form the basis of his next poiiucti6n and "engaged Rienirs to "do'ise-icch' (or'thi yisual datails of lie `filfn,
Rienits spent some time in ialla. rat. He collected material for a re, construction of the early township;· aI for costumes and propestles. In the basement of the public library he found-a book of pencil sketches of the diggings by a contemporary Gorman artist. From these it was possible to reconstruct the Ballarat of that day. His novel of the "Eureka Stock, ado" film is shortly coming off the stocks. Published in England, fitia illustrated with stills from the .plc ture. Rex Rienits enjoys digging. into Australia's not'so~distant past. "One meet, fascinating personalities who emerge strongly from the. written account of their ,live.'" he says.. "Among them is Bligh; whom I believCe so havebeen a great.man." Rieniti plans to go tb'England' in 1949;' thereafter, he 'hopes. to carry'khis studies of Australian his. tory even further afield.