Patricia Lovell

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Patricia Lovell, AM, MBE (1929 – 26 January 2013) was an Australian film producer whose work within that country's film industry led her to receive the Raymond Longford Award in 2004 from the Australian Film Institute (AFI).[1] One of her productions, Gallipoli, received an AFI Award in 1982 as Best Film. Two of her other films, Break of Day and Monkey Grip, were AFI Best Film nominees.[1] She is perhaps best remembered for 1975's Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Early life and career[edit]

Patricia Anna Parr[2][3] is thought to have been born in either Artarmon or Willoughby, the second child and first daughter of Luticia Evelyn née Forsythe and Harold George Parr.[4] Her childhood was a painful one, marked by the deaths of three of her siblings (one of whom was quite ill when she was born and died when she was 18 months old) and the divorce of her parents.[4] She attended Presbyterian Ladies' College, Armidale, but "didn't do well in the Leaving at all" and failed to get a university pass.[4]

She began her career in radio and television. She was Miss Pat on ABC TV's Mr. Squiggle.[4] In 1964 she became what she characterized as "one of the minor beauties"[4] on the panel of Beauty and the Beast. When The Today Show began in 1969, she joined that show; it was there as an interviewer where she met Peter Weir, the director with whom she would produce her two best-known films, Picnic at Hanging Rock and Gallipoli.[4]

Later career[edit]

Patricia Lovell worked as Head of Producing at the Australian Film TV and Radio School (AFTRS) between 1996 and 2003 where she taught students including Steve Pasvolsky and Joanne Weatherstone who achieved an Academy Award nomination for their student film Inja and Andrew Gregory who, with Sejong Park, achieved an Academy Award nomination for their student film Birthday Boy.

Personal life[edit]

Lovell met her husband, the actor Nigel Lovell, through the Metropolitan Theatre in Sydney; they two had two children, Simon Lovell, a helicopter pilot, and Jenny Lovell, a successful actress noted for her role on the soap opera Prisoner: Cell Block H.[4] Because Patricia and Nigel were both well known names in the Australian television and film industry, their divorce became front page news in The Sun.[4]

She died in January 2013 from liver cancer, aged 83.[5]



Pat Lovell was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1978 New Year's Honours.[6] In the 1986 Queen's Birthday Honours she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).[7]


General references:

  • Patricia Lovell (1995). No picnic : an autobiography. Sydney : Pan Macmillan. ISBN 0-7329-0823-X. 
  • Brian McFarlane, Geoff Mayer, Ina Bertrand (Ed.) (1999). The Oxford companion to Australian film. Melbourne, Australia ; New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-553797-1. 

Specific references:

  1. ^ a b Patricia Lovell at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Kenneth Stanley Inglis, This is the ABC: The Australian Broadcasting Commission 1932–83
  3. ^ NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Transcript of an April 2006 interview on ABC: Talking Heads
  5. ^ Fife-Yeomans, Janet (27 January 2013). "Mr Squiggle's Pat Lovell dies aged 83". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  6. ^ It's an Honour: MBE
  7. ^ It's an Honour:AM

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