Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Charles Christian Waterstreet: Right on Crime

It is Winter Down Under and Malchkeon and the rest of Media Dragons felt compelled to plough through the series of Rake - ABC TV  - (via great retailer JB HI FI) series in four nights ... (However the book is even better ;-) Rake Man and to boot it sits next to Cold Man)

Cleaver Greene is back, and he's as reckless, brilliant and self-destructive as ever. RAKE Series 4 will be available from ABC eShop: world needs to watch the new series of the Rake

The midcentury male writer: angry, bighearted, loving, hungry for fame, fiercely competitive, tragic, drink-soaked. Jozef Imrich knew all too well ...

Nigel Milsom has won the 2015 Archibald Prize with his portrait of barrister Charles Waterstreet.

Nigel Milsom has won the 2015 Archibald Prize with his portrait of barrister Charles Waterstreet.

Archibald prize 2015 Nigel Milsoms portrait of Charles Waterstreet

“Try not to become a man of success,” Albert Einstein once said, “but rather a man of value.”

Aussies have come to love the brilliant but self-destructive barrister Cleaver Greene from hit TV series, Rake Cleaver Green  

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Cleaver Greene, played by Richard Roxburgh, is the hero of Rake, a show about a wayward criminal barrister who represents life's lost causes, including cannibals, drug-dealers and bestialites. But rest assured, Rake is not about a do-gooder lawyer trying to save the souls of the wicked.
"It's not about whether someone is guilty or innocent; they're all guilty. Even the ones Cleaver suspects are innocent are guilty. In the first episode, Hugo Weaving plays a well-renowned economist who turns into a cannibal. There is no question that he's a cannibal; it's how they handle the fact he's a cannibal," says Duncan.
"It's not a Cleaver Greene, heart of gold, tries to get his client who is wrongly accused off murder charges every week. It's not at all like that. It's much more irreverent, much less safe; it's very different to any other legal show."
According to Duncan, who has worked on shows such as Children of the Revolution and Hell Has Harbour Views, Cleaver Greene is the culmination of a long searched for character for Roxburgh...
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“Luckily for art, life is difficult, hard to understand, gracious and mysterious.”
~Gabbie aka Vella aka Bella

From his chambers opposite Hyde Park in Elizabeth Street, Sydney, Charles Waterstreet – author, barrister, film-maker and one-time man-about-town – does not have a view to speak of. But he does have an attractive young assistant, Becky, whose presence suits Charles Waterstreet, a man who is nothing if not an adolescent boy raging against an old man’s lot. “I get these fan letter ...
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l Charles Waterstreet, whose cases will be portrayed in a drama series Rake, relaxes in Albury yesterday. Picture: DAVID THORPE
Charles Waterstreet relaxes in Albury cafe (It used to be my former PAC Chairman Ian Glachan's favourite spot)

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 Like MO'N, Charles Waterstreet Is A Colourful and Likeable Antipodean Character

Charles Waterstreet embraces artist Nigel Milsom in front of his Archibald Prize-winning portrait.

Charles Waterstreet embraces artist Nigel Milsom in front of his Archibald Prize-winning portrait.Photo: Steven Siewert
True test of humanity is to embrace the enemy

Characters like Charles tend to end by urging aspiring writers to learn from the masters of this art of truth-telling:
Don’t go through life without reading the autobiographies of
Emma Goldman
Prince Kropotkin
Malcolm X
Mississippi, along with North Carolina, has preserved the tort of “alienation of affections,” which enables lawsuits by married persons against a spouse’s lover for undermining a marriage. Exercising long-arm jurisdiction, it even allows suits against alleged paramours who have never set foot in Mississippi but (it is claimed) engaged in trysts with a married Mississippian outside the state. In a recent case, however, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that a woman sued under the law could move to dismiss the case for lack of personal jurisdiction on the grounds that she had no idea her boyfriend resided in Mississippi over the course of a relationship conducted in other states. [Nordness v. Faucheaux via Volokh]

Perfection is inhuman. Human beings are not perfect. What evokes our love — and I mean love, not lust — is the imperfection of the human being. So, when the imperfection of the real person, compared to the ideal of your animus or anima, peeks through, say, this is a challenge to my compassion. Then make a try, and something might begin to get going here. You might begin to be quit of your fix on your anima Pathways to bliss