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The Old Man Who Read Love Stories


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Studying a book or film can be a short-cut to consigning it to boredom. But our Texts in the City series – a gift to students, their teachers and lifelong learners – brings the VCE English and Literature lists to life.

Each week, our hosts – authors Lili Wilkinson and Tony Birch – will interview experts intimately familiar with the texts, unearthing those hidden gems that could help your essay shine.

This week’s text is Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer’s 2001 film The Old Man Who Read Love Stories.

Presented in association with The Victorian Association for the Teaching of English.



Josh Nelson

Josh Nelson is a freelance writer, academic, broadcaster and filmmaker. In addition to his teaching and writing on film, Josh co-hosts the Triple R (102.7FM) film criticism podcast Plato’s Cave and is a weekly guest on the Drive show with Rafael Epstein on ABC 774 Melbourne. He has worked as a lec... Read more


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