Under the impressive high ceilings of the Mitchell Gallery, the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were opened by guest speaker, Ross Grayson Bell (FIGHT CLUB). As a producer and screenwriter, Mr. Bell described himself as “the worst possible person” to open a literary awards night.
Literature looks down its nose at cinema. In the same way, cinema looks down its nose at TV and we all look down our nose at content created for the internet,” he said, with a laugh. “But these worlds are much closer than you think. Indeed, one fundamental thing binds us all more than separates us; something that predates the creation of the internet, moving pictures and even the printing press – the thing that binds us is story.
“Good stories bring us together. They help us know each other and ourselves a little better. Stories make us human,” he said.
REVIEW: @theFestival blog – Jackie Keast
PHOTOGRAPHS: Merinda Campbell, State Library of NSW
Event: 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
Role: Presenting Annual Literary Address
Date: May 19, 2014
Location: Mitchell Library, Sydney