So what does a look at Australian biopics
tell us about our shared cultural imaginary and how we see ourselves?
In terms of promoting an artist's legacy, rock biopics
can be a mixed bag, with some earning widespread critical praise and others drawing harsh criticism for factual inaccuracies.
In some ways, that's what biopics
have always attempted to do--to illustrate for the rest of us that even famous people have human failings.
Opening Friday is ``Beyond the Sea,'' a $25 million musical biopic
about the multifaceted crooner's life, directed, produced and starring the two-time Oscar winner.
Some upcoming biopics
include Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Rang Rasiya, Shoot Out At Wadala, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2 and Barfi.
While Hollywood has embraced biopics
since silent days, the more recent trend presents special challenges: Biopics
of people the public knows well.
Look at all the biopics
out right now - 'Ray,' 'Kinsey,' Bobby Darin ('Beyond the Sea').
Mexican pubcaster Canal 22 will air two Argos biopics
, while the production company has inked a deal with Telemundo to produce two more.
The Motorcycle Diaries'' probably will soon have company in the ranks of Guevara biopics
It manages somehow to hit most if not all of the standard cliches of the traditional Hollywood biopic
- convoluted flashbacks depicting the troubled childhood (his bickering parents are clearly offered as the inspiration for Gleason's crowning achievement, ``The Honeymooners'') and subsequently equally tormented marriage.
The film, directed by Joseph Sargent (``The Taking of Pelham One Two Three'') and written by Richard Wesley and Robert Johnson, strives to meld biopic
conventions with a polemic on the shabby treatment artists of color endured from Hollywood.
Otherwise, it's the usual celebrity biopic
, with her upbringing with her beloved father Nat King Cole (James McDaniel), which obeys one of filmdom's dumbest rules - no one in a movie can cough without it portending a fatal disease.