The Two Frank Thrings. A study of two lives in the context of the performing arts in twentieth-century Australia.

  • Fitzpatrick, Peter (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This dual biography of F.W.Thring (1882-1936), stage and cinema entrepreneur, and his actor son Frank (1926-94), will explore two remarkable lives in relation to their performance culture and society. It will provide the first scholarly biography of both men, and through them will illuminate the history of Australian cinema and musical theatre, investigate issues of distinctively national iconography and voice, and examine the complex interactions between industrial/economic forces and artistic vision. Its principal outcome will be a book that should add significantly to our knowledge of the performing arts in twentieth-century Australia, and to continuing debates in the arts.
Effective start/end date2/01/0430/06/09


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD36,501.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD44,499.00
  • Monash University