Rex Rienits

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Rex Rienits (17 April 1909 – 1971) was an Australian writer of radio, films, plays and TV. He was a journalist before becoming one of the leading radio writers in Australia. He moved to England in 1949[1] and worked for a number of years there.[2] He later returned to Australia and worked on early local TV drama.

Biography[edit]

Rienits worked as a journalist and boxing promoter in Wagga Wagga.[3] He moved to Sydney where he continued to work as a journalist but also wrote for radio.

In 1939 he helped form the Playwright's Advisory Board.[4] In the mid-1940s he was hired by Henry Watt of Ealing Studios to prepare a research document on the Eureka Rebellion which formed the basis of the 1949 film Eureka Stockade.[5] He moved to England in 1949 and wrote scripts for radio, film and TV. His big breakthrough was a popular radio adaptation of Robbery Under Arms.[6]

He later returned to London, where he died of a heart attack in 1971.[7]

Personal life[edit]

His first marriage ended in divorce in 1932.[8] His second wife Josephine died in 1954.[9]

Selected writings[edit]

Radio[edit]

  • Anti-Climax (1931) – a one-act play[10]
  • For Auction (1931) – a one-act play[11]
  • Art, for Art's Sake (1931) – a one-act play[12]
  • Midnight Interlufe (1931) – a one-act play[13]
  • Reunion (1938)[14]
  • Margaret Catchpole (1945)
  • He Found What He Wanted (1947)[15]
  • Stormy Petrel (1948) – serial[16] – rebroadcast in 1953
  • Robbery Under Arms (1949) – BBC radio adaptation of novel[17]
  • Fulfilment (1951)[18]
  • Wide Boy (1952)[19]
  • A Shilling for Candles (1953) adaptation of novel by Josephine Tey for BBC radio[20]
  • The Woman on the Beach (1953)[21]
  • Front Page Lead (1954)[22]
  • The Journey of Simon McEever (1954)[23]
  • Joseph Proctor's Money (1954) adapted from story by W. H. Lane Crawford[24]
  • Bligh Has a Daughter (1954)
  • Close to the Roof (1960)
  • John Lancaster (1961)
  • Flying Doctor (1961) – serial
  • Holiday Task (1961)

Films[edit]

TV Plays[edit]

TV Series[edit]

  • The Passing Show (1951) (TV series) – writer of various episodes
  • BBC Sunday Night Theatre – episode "No Smoking!" (1952)
  • Patrol Car (1954) (TV series) – episode "Bombs in Piccadilly"
  • The Vise (1955) (TV series) – "Count of Twelve"
  • The Third Man (1959) – episode "Death in Small Installments"
  • Jazz Boat (1960) – screenplay (original story)
  • Jezebel (1963) – original story for episodes
  • Riptide (1969) – story for episode "One Way to Nowhere"

Mini-Series[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Eureka Stockade (1949) – non fiction
  • Wide Boy (1952) – fiction
  • Assassin for Hire (1952) – fiction
  • The Voyages of James Cook (1969) – non fiction

Plays[edit]

  • Slaves to Tradition (1931)[30]
  • Hide Out (1937) – co written with S Howard, produced at the Independent Theatre[31]
  • Lightning Strikes Twice (1944)[32]

(He also directed various plays including productions of Golden Boy[33])

References[edit]

  1. ^ "This Week In Town.". The Sunday Herald (Sydney: National Library of Australia). 30 January 1949. p. 14. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "London Penthouse.". The Australian Women's Weekly (National Library of Australia). 16 December 1953. p. 57. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "PERSONAL.". The Murrumbidgee Irrigator (Leeton, NSW: National Library of Australia). 26 March 1929. p. 3. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "LIFE and LETTERS.". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 17 June 1939. p. 8. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "EUREKA STOCKADE FOR FILM.". The Argus (Melbourne: National Library of Australia). 6 November 1946. p. 3. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Australian's Television Play To Be Filmed.". The Sunday Herald (Sydney: National Library of Australia). 5 November 1950. p. 6. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Rex Rienits dies in London.". The Canberra Times (National Library of Australia). 5 May 1971. p. 24. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "IN DIVORCE.". The Sydney Morning Herald (National Library of Australia). 30 November 1932. p. 7. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Author's loss.". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane: National Library of Australia). 26 January 1954. p. 1. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "BROADCASTING.". The Sydney Morning Herald (National Library of Australia). 23 January 1931. p. 8. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "MONDAY'S PROGRAMMES.". The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Queensland: National Library of Australia). 28 February 1931. p. 14 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "2GB SYDNEY.". Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (National Library of Australia). 15 April 1931. p. 5. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "2GB SYDNEY.". Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (National Library of Australia). 29 April 1931. p. 4. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "BROADCASTING PUSH BUTTON TUNING.". The Sydney Morning Herald (National Library of Australia). 16 November 1938. p. 8. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "5KA.". The News (Adelaide: National Library of Australia). 6 June 1947. p. 7. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "STARS OF THE AIR.". Wodonga and Towong Sentinel (Vic.: National Library of Australia). 17 December 1948. p. 1. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Australian Classic For B.B.C.". The Sunday Herald (Sydney: National Library of Australia). 18 December 1949. p. 3. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "To-day's Radia Programmes.". The Sunday Herald (Sydney: National Library of Australia). 22 April 1951. p. 9. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "BROADCAST OF PLAY CANCELLED.". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 7 February 1952. p. 9. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  20. ^ http://the.hitchcock.zone/wiki/A_Shilling_for_Candles_%28BBC_Radio,_09/Jan/1954%29
  21. ^ "Advertising.". The Argus (Melbourne: National Library of Australia). 6 June 1953. p. 39. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  22. ^ "MARGARET'S COLUMN.". Illawarra Daily Mercury (Wollongong, NSW: National Library of Australia). 15 April 1954. p. 4. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "TAKES ROLE OF SALESWOMAN.". Illawarra Daily Mercury (Wollongong, NSW: National Library of Australia). 20 May 1954. p. 2. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  24. ^ "Women's Interests On The Air Easter In Athens.". The Sydney Morning Herald (National Library of Australia). 24 June 1954. p. 5 Section: Women's Section. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  25. ^ "Australian's Television Play To Be Filmed.". The Sunday Herald (Sydney: National Library of Australia). 5 November 1950. p. 6. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  26. ^ "Latest Fiction.". The Advertiser (Adelaide: National Library of Australia). 8 November 1952. p. 7. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  27. ^ "Studio Gossip.". The Sunday Herald (Sydney: National Library of Australia). 19 August 1951. p. 12. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  28. ^ "Perry Masan in three live shows.". The Australian Women's Weekly (National Library of Australia). 21 June 1961. p. 19. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  29. ^ ""THE HUNGRY ONES".". The Australian Women's Weekly (National Library of Australia). 10 July 1963. p. 17. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  30. ^ "WINNING PLAY.". The Brisbane Courier (National Library of Australia). 15 May 1931. p. 12. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  31. ^ ""HIDEOUT.".". The Sydney Morning Herald (National Library of Australia). 17 April 1937. p. 10. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  32. ^ "THE AMATEUR THEATRE "HIAWATHA", AN ALL-GIRL SHOW.". The Argus (Melbourne: National Library of Australia). 19 October 1944. p. 7. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  33. ^ ""GOLDEN BOY" IS STRONG DRAMATIC FARE.". The Argus (Melbourne: National Library of Australia). 13 December 1948. p. 8. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 

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