Charmian Clift was one of the finest writers Australia has produced. Hundreds of thousands of readers eagerly anticipated her weekly Sydney Morning Herald essays in the 1960s. Her life imitated art with all the hallmarks of a compelling novel. She had movie star looks, a brilliant writing career and a passionate, creative marriage. Yet the sacrifice of security for the bohemian romance of life on a Greek island with its famous friends, parties, drinking, love affairs and poverty, led to her death by suicide at forty-six. There is a revival of interest in Clift and her writing because of her clear vision on so many issues which still trouble Australia. There is a desire to see her step out of the shadow of her husband George Johnston. “In every generation there are certain writers who function as national weathervanes, recording change in the social and political climate. Charmian Clift was one of those”. – Nadia Wheatley, biographer
RACHEL LANE’s most recent production, ‘Faithfully Me’, which she wrote, produced and directed, was purchased by the ABC and screened on May 24, 2020 in the ‘Compass’ time slot. The half hour documentary was funded with the assistance of Documentary Australia Foundation.
She was a Producer on the 2019 Aussie feature film ‘Bilched’ which had a national release at Event Cinemas, and was awarded ‘Best Film’ at Chelsea Film Festival, New York. Her documentary ‘Here I Am’ was shown on SBS on demand for a two year stint from 2016-18. Rachel’s other projects, including the documentaries ‘Living My Way’ and ‘Secret and Sacred’, have been screened on NITV, Imparja TV, Go and Gem.
She was a Tropfest finalist in 2013 and an Official Judge in 2014.