Lost In Venice
[ The true Australian story of a film maker, a man with a vision of Pastry and an ill fated trip to Italy in 1965
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.
‘Lost in Venice’ not only tells the story of Ron'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.
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.