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Bruce Pollack interviewed by James Waites in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5399902
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Pollack, Bruce, 1948-, Interviewee
 
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Description 2011 
3 sound files (ca. 299 min.) 
Series

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras oral history project.

Summary

Bruce Pollack speaks about being a consultant publicist for the Mardi Gras Festival; being on the Mardi Gras board including as Secretary; being Overall Publicist for twenty years; becoming a Returning Officer; his parent’s history; his Jewish background; his involvement with theatre at St Martin’s Theatre; his education; working for the Melbourne Theatre Company; his theatre work during his architecture degree; becoming an assistant to John Sumner; his marriage and son; working for The Nimrod Theatre company under John Bell; publicizing Jeannie Lewis’ show; his amicable separation from his wife; disclosing his sexuality after his son finished school; Carrillo Gantner asking him to manage publicity for the Sydney tour of a Playbox Production; being asked to publicise the 1985 Mardi Gras Festival; joining the Mardi Gras board after 1985; the legalisation of homosexuality and panic over AIDS; the TV coverage of the Festival; Peter Tully; transforming the Mardi Gras from a political march to a cultural event; the Mardi Gras workshop; the role of Jim Jenkins as the creator of the first festival guide; grants from the Australia Council and other income streams; the transition from volunteer to paid work in the organising of the Mardi Gras; the relationships between citizens and the Police and other authorities; the pressure to increase ticket price and numbers; dealing with negative media; engineering the name change to 'Gay and Lesbian'; the failure of Sydney Festival's request to merge with the Mardi Gras; the conflict between the competing priorities of the Parade and Workshop versus the Party and Festival; Ralph McCallister, Cath Phillips and other people heavily involved in organising the Mardi Gras; the difficulties of funding the Mardi Gras; his continued support for the Parade; the passion of those organising the Mardi Gras.

Notes

Recorded on 8 and 30 June, 14 July 2011 in Sydney, N.S.W.

Digital master; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore collection;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed Summary (15 p.) 
Subjects Pollack, Bruce, - 1948- - Interviews.  |  Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras - History.  |  Promoters - Australia - Interviews.  |  Festivals - New South Wales - Sydney.  |  Parades - New South Wales - Sydney.  |  Gays - New South Wales - Sydney.  |  Lesbians - New South Wales - Sydney.  |  Special events - Marketing.
Occupation Promoters.
Other authors/contributors Waites, James, 1955-2014, Interviewer

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