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The Scribe

A film by Ruth Cullen

A political insider's love of language and its power to change the country.

"An absorbing and profound insight into the life and role of a political speechwriter and Australian politics generally."

John Warhurst, Emeritus Professor, School of Politics and International Relations, ANU, Canberra

"The Scribe is a real work of art" ...“effortless to watch”

  Screen Hub

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"Politics at its most thrilling"   

  The Australian



About the film

From deep within the engine room of politics comes this superb documentary on the 'Donald Bradman' of speech writing  - Graham Freudenberg.  


A powerful journey into one of the great minds of politics whose words shaped our fortunes.  This untold perspective from someone at the epi-centre of the Australian government for nearly 50 years paints a remarkable picture of a political insider's love of language and its power to change the country.

Finally, the scribe becomes the orator.

About Ruth Cullen

Ruth is one of Australia’s most experienced documentary makers.  She is known for her fearless and empathetic character portrayals and her willingness to seek out the untested.  Her films have screened at film festivals all over the world. 

“Writer/director Ruth Cullen is one of the country’s best documentary makers”

Kathryn Kernohan, The Age,  August 2014

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