David Wood talks with Lyndall Hobbs about her new book A Girl From Oz.

 

From Andy Warhol to Al Pacino, Cher and Calvin Klein to Prince Charles and Dudley Moore, writer / film director Lyndall Hobbs has a story for each and every one … and then some. In her memoir, A Girl From Oz, Lyndall bares all and lets us into her BIG life.

Bitten by the journalism bug as a teenager, Lyndall launched into a reporting job on GTV Nine News and, later, with A Current Affair (Australia’s first national current affairs show) in Sydney. Her journey from Australia, to London, becoming one of the UK’s youngest TV journalists and ultimately to Hollywood is extraordinary.

Lyndall recounts the thrills and spills of her star-studded life. In the days before iphones and Instagram, Lyndall captured amazing moments with celebrities at play. A Girl From Oz features exclusive photography from her personal collection. As she brushed shoulders with an impressive list of A-listers, her images allow us an insider’s peek at the lavish parties that she threw including guests such as Jack Nicholson, Karl Lagerfield, Dustin Hoffman and Madonna – though not all together!

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Lyndall has seen and done just about everything: tangled with Cambodian pirates for a scoop, grappled with Hollywood sexism as a feature director, wooed acting royalty, raised two children on her own and survived cancer in the unforgiving American medical system.

A Girl From Oz is a wildly entertaining read. This is a rollercoaster ride of a memoir, full of life, honesty, charm and humour, from a feisty girl in a miniskirt who saw the opportunities available in “times that were a changing” and seized them.