The Two Frank Thrings

ELTHAMbookshopFootprint Books and Eltham South Fine Art Gallery 

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The Two Frank Thrings

They shared a name, of course, and their physical resemblance was startling. And both Frank Thrings were huge figures in the landscape of twentieth-century Australian theatre and film.  Frank Thring, the father (1882–1936) was a sideshow conjuror, impresario, speculator and owner of Efftee Films, Australia’s first ‘talkies’ studio. Frank Thring,  the son (1926–1994) squandered the fortune and derailed the dynasty and won fame playing tyrants in togas in Hollywood blockbusters, then, suddenly, came home to Melbourne to play perhaps his finest role — that of Frank Thring, actor and personality extraordinaire.

Peter Fitzpatrick’s compelling dual biography is a kind of detective story, following the tracks of two men who did all they could to cover their tracks and the tale of a lost relationship.


Date: November Sunday, 25th

Venue: ELTHAM SOUTH FINE ARTS Studios and Gallery

           Six Mount Pleasant Road, Eltham

Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm


Entry: Single:$55.00; Couple:$ 65.00 includes a copy of Two Frank Thrings, a glass of wine and Jenni Mitchell’s delectable nibbles.

Conjurors and men in togas eligible for door prizes. 


Prepaid bookings are essential:9439 8700

Meera Govil
Australian Booksellers Association 2012 Bookseller of the Year
9439 8700
970 Main Road, Eltham
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