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Debut in Italy by Italo-Australian director with “The Space Between”

Ruth Borgobello is the first Italo-Australian director to make a movie in Italy. Her first upcoming feature “The Space Between” is the first official film to result from the co-production treaty between Italy and Australia. “It’s a personal story and it has roots in real life” said Borgobello. The film charts the story of Marco, a former chef whose life is shaken early in the film by the death of someone close to him. For this reason Marco is forced to renounce to his dreams. However, the tragedy coincides with his meeting the intriguing Australian visitor Olivia thanks to which Marco will open his eyes to the future. “The Space Between” is also a commentary on the impact of the financial crisis in Italy, with Borgobello wanting to talk about “how difficult it is for people to really dream out loud and not feel disillusioned with their lives. The world première took place at the Lavazza Italian Film Festival in Australia. The Italian première took place at La Festa del Cinema di Roma 2016 . The movie in Italy has been distributed by Cinecittà Luce.



Tasmania Blues by Helen Hodgman

The book Tasmania Blues by Helen Hodgman has just been published in Italy. It was written in 1975 with the title Blue Skies and published in 1976, bringing to light many themes, including the burden of an isolated existence, the emotional confusion of early motherhood and the spiritual shadow of the vanished indigenous population of Tasmania. The novel has now been translated into Italian and published by Edizioni Socrates.

Helen Hodgman was born in Scotland in 1945 and lived in Great Britain until 1958, when, together with her family, she left for Tasmania. After some time she returned to Britain where she lived for 10 years and in 1975 she wrote her first novel Tasmania Blues (Blue Skies), which was published a year later by Gerald Duckworth& Co. The book was very successful and in subsequent years was reprinted by other British and Australian publishers (Penguin, Virago Press, The Text Publishing) and published by Knauss in German. Two years later Helen wrote another successful novel, Jack&Jill, which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1979.  Subsequently, Helen returned to Australia and wrote further novels, Broken Words (1988) which won the Christina Stead Prize in 1989, Passing Remarks (1996), Waiting For Matindi (1998), The Bad Policeman (2001), which were all published by major publishing houses (Penguin, Random House, Allen&Unwin, Ballantine and Harmony Books) and greatly appreciated by the public.

Helen Hodgman now lives in Sydney and is seriously ill with Parkinson’s disease.