Lost In Venice

[ The true Australian story of Bert Haynes, the founder of Pampas Pastry, and his ill fated trip to Italy with film maker Ron Vincent in 1963 ]
A play written by Julia Foenander/Directed by Richard Gyoerffy

Lost in Venice - “Wake in Fright meets Mad Men meets Twin Peaks…”



Shortly before his death retired business man and former amateur film maker (and life long resident of Brunswick Melbourne) Ron Vincent handed his box of super 8 films to his young grandaughter with instructions to look after them. He could never imagined that 25 years later (50 years after they were created) some of his films were deemed to have historical significance and would be preserved by the National Film and Sound Archives in Canberra. Neither could he have anticipated that his granddaughter would have written ‘Lost in Venice’ about his ill fated trip to Italy with his friend Bert Haynes, the founder of Pampas Pastry.


‘Lost in Venice’ not only tells the story of Ron and Bert’s trip but explores ‘the man’s world’ from the 1950’s to a new world on the brink of the cultural and social revolution of the 1960’s. Exploring the great divide between men and women, female archetypes and the shadow ‘Lost In Venice’ weaves a tale of love, regret, tragedy and fate. Contains many of  the actual treasures collected from Ron’s travels as well as his super 8 film documenting an era when luxury travel, ‘safari’ style trips as well as hunting (for culling, food and trophies) were considered the norm.


Including cabaret to tell the story the piece also explores the art of Burlesque ; once strictly a mans affair is now largely controlled and enjoyed almost exclusively by women. As the producer of the national touring show ‘The Paris Underground Cabaret’ the writer of ‘Lost in Venice’ has witnessed thousands of women, mostly baby boomers, relishing that their door is finally open to viewing Burlesque. 


Exploring the social change ‘Lost in Venice’ is unapologetic, uncensored and also pays homage to the writer’s grandmother who could never imagined the social and economic freedoms bestowed unto her granddaughter.