Accessibility Links

BonBons & Roses for Dorothy

54m Arts, Writing, Biography, Documentary 1993

Using excerpts from the late author’s writing, this documentary reveals the complex and contradictory woman behind the controversial public persona of elder stateswoman of Australian literature.

Dorothy Coade Hewett AM (21 May 1923 – 25 August 2002) was an Australian feminist poet, novelist and playwright. She has been called “one of Australia’s best-loved and most respected writers”.

She was also a member of the Communist Party for a period, though she clashed on many occasions with the party leadership.

In recognition of her 20 volumes of published literature, she received the Order of Australia, has a Writer’s Walk plaque at Circular Quay, and a street named for her in Canberra.

The Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript was established in 2015 by UWA Publishing. She was also recipient of the Christopher Brennan Award.

“There is so much to discuss on the topic of Dorothy Hewett. She was controversial, highly political and prolific, publishing 15 poetry collections, 15 play scripts, three novels, a collection of short stories, a libretto and an autobiography. Her work explores the fecund terrain of female desire and subjectivity, bridges genres and blurs the line between fiction and autobiography—that term that writers, especially female writers, often hate because it assumes a dearth of imagination and a restriction to the intimate, domestic realms of one’s own life. But read Hewett’s autobiography, Wild Card: An Autobiography 1923–1958 (1990), and you’ll find that the events of her play The Chapel Perilous (1972) or the poetry in Kate Lilley’s Selected Poems of Dorothy Hewett (2010) form a sort of abridged sequence of key events from Hewett’s real life.” Meanjin - Jane Jervis-Read


Don Featherstone


Jackie McKimmie

Associate Producer

Steve Warne

Director of Photography

Erika Addis


Simon Smith


Emma Hay


Pat Fiske


Graham Wyse


Jim Cotter


Roger Mason






Don Featherstone Prods

You may also like

Peter Carey - Beautiful Lies
55m Arts, Writing, Biography, Documentary 1986
Les Murray - The Daylight Moon
54m Art, Poetry, Biography, Documentary 1992
Blanche d'Alpuget - Wrestling With The Angel
55m Art, Biography, Writing, Documentary 1995
Peter Sculthorpe - There's No Time
55m Arts, Music, Biography, Documentary 1990
Meryl Tankard - The Black Swan
56m Dance, Arts, Biography, Documentary 1995
Ross Edwards - Dance of Nature
52m Arts, Music, Biography, Documentary 1995
Brett Whiteley - Difficult Pleasure
55m Arts, Painting, Biography, Documentary 1989
Robyn Archer - Lowering The Tone
55m Arts, Biography, Performance, Documentary 1993
Ernie Dingo - Oondamooroo
53m Arts, Biography, Performance, Documentary 1992
James Morrison - The Wizard From Oz
53m Arts, Music, Biography, Documentary 1989
Arthur Boyd - Figures In The Landscape
51m Art, Painter, Biography, Documentary 1985
Robert Helpmann - Tales of Helpmann
50m Arts, Dance, Biography, Documentary 1990
George Gittoes - I Witness
55m Art, Painting, Biography, Documentary 1999

Download the app to view your purchased content!