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Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo 

The Whitlam era as seen through the eyes of Cleo magazine and its young editor, Ita Buttrose.




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Series cast summary:
Asher Keddie ...  Ita Buttrose 2 episodes, 2011
Rob Carlton Rob Carlton ...  Kerry Packer 2 episodes, 2011
Jessica Tovey ...  Leslie Carpenter 2 episodes, 2011
Ian Meadows ...  Andrew Cowell 2 episodes, 2011
Maeve Dermody ...  Rachel Carr 2 episodes, 2011
Annie Maynard ...  Annie Woodham 2 episodes, 2011
Tony Barry ...  Sir Frank Packer 2 episodes, 2011
Cheree Cassidy ...  Ivana Holbrook 2 episodes, 2011
Octavia Barron Martin Octavia Barron Martin ...  Pat Nigra 2 episodes, 2011
Olivia Pigeot ...  Rosina O'Casey 2 episodes, 2011
Rory Williamson Rory Williamson ...  V.J. 2 episodes, 2011
Richard Healy Richard Healy ...  Graham Goodman 2 episodes, 2011
Charlton Hill Charlton Hill ...  Alan 2 episodes, 2011
Simon Lyndon Simon Lyndon ...  Jack Thompson 2 episodes, 2011
Toby Schmitz ...  Barry Humphries 2 episodes, 2011
Nathan Page ...  Alasdair 'Mac' Macdonald 2 episodes, 2011
Matt Day ...  Daniel Ritchie 2 episodes, 2011
Keith Agius Keith Agius ...  Joel 2 episodes, 2011
Rachel Chesham Rachel Chesham ...  Mandy Kennedy 2 episodes, 2011
Andrew Crabbe Andrew Crabbe ...  Clyde Packer 2 episodes, 2011
Rick Donald ...  Murray 2 episodes, 2011
Tani Edgecombe Tani Edgecombe ...  Gary 2 episodes, 2011
Robin Goldsworthy Robin Goldsworthy ...  Gordon 2 episodes, 2011
Millie Rose Heywood ...  Lisa 2 episodes, 2011
Sahara Jones Sahara Jones ...  Kate 2 episodes, 2011
Jye MacDonald Jye MacDonald ...  Stephen Berry 2 episodes, 2011
Russell Newman Russell Newman ...  Harry Chester 2 episodes, 2011
Catherine Parle Catherine Parle ...  Marie 2 episodes, 2011
Janine Penfold Janine Penfold ...  Miss Faircloth 2 episodes, 2011


The Whitlam era as seen through the eyes of Cleo magazine and its young editor, Ita Buttrose.

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Australian feminism remembered
19 April 2011 | by jamesmouleSee all my reviews

The '60s were prudish times in Australia, and elsewhere. The churches were full, skirts were well below the knee, sex was not discussed. People entered marriage in complete ignorance and, it seems, often stayed that way for the duration. Sex was for having children. Enjoyment of sex was fornication and invited an afterlife spent burning in Hell. The revolution that started in the late '60s was slow to have much impact. Feminism was lampooned as the "burn your bra" movement. Men rarely saw that the effect of women embracing feminism was actually going to benefit them by providing much more fulfilling relationships. "Paper Giants" reminds us of the times and of the part played by the new-look women's magazines like Cosmo, Dolly and, in this case, Cleo. I was concerned that this would be a big plug for the magazine on a public broadcaster but I came away from the two night mini series with a smile on my face. The realism is admirable. The acting is outstanding. Asher Keddie IS Ita Buttrose. The lisp, the toss of the hair, all great mimicry. The hardest job was to find a real Kerry Packer and Bob Carlton does about as well as anyone could do. No one can look like Kerry Packer but Carlton makes us believe in his character. The one character not quite realised is Frank Parker. Perhaps the producers are not old enough to remember him in his last years with his super-thick glasses and constant swallowing of built-up phlegm. I would have thought that a look at one of the late interviews would have made this an easy character to copy but Tony Barry's Frank Parker is of a younger and more dynamic man altogether. The minor stories are also well done as they run parallel to the issues covered in the magazine articles. Jessica Tovey as Leslie Carpenter is particularly impressive in portraying the young girl from the western suburbs caught in an affair with a married older man while engaged to an insensitive "yob". Perhaps this series will have little appeal outside of Australia but I expect that the opinions that I have expressed will be shared by a great many other Australians. As for Ita, how many remember "Ita Buttrose but it kept getting caught in my underpants".

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