Braving the stormy weather (MA15+)

IT’S not surprising that there hasn’t been a rush to adapt the work of our most revered writer, Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, for the screen.

White’s work is interior, plumbing the troughs of human experience in a mostly acerbic way.

The Eye of the Storm charts the psyches of a well-to-do family in Sydney’s eastern suburbs where the matriarch Elizabeth (Rampling) lies dying, drifting in and out of lucidity, attended by around-the clock nurses, one of whom is Flora (Schepisi).

With their provincial attitudes, Australians at the time are agog at the thought that Sir Basil (Rush),

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