Documentary Screening: The Trouble with Merle (2002)
Studio publicists said she was born into a wealthy family in Hobart, Tasmania – Australia’s island state and, after her father’s death, had joined her aristocratic godparents in India.
Yet the rumour was that the exotic almond-eyed actress concealed her true past, that she was actually Anglo-Indian, and born in Calcutta.
Many in Tasmania, though, remain convinced she was their island’s most famous daughter, born not to wealthy parents but to a Chinese hotel worker and her married employer.
The Trouble with Merle looks at celebrity, memory, identity, race and class, the many alternative versions of reality which have entered Tasmania’s folklore… and why the fascination with Merle Oberon’s origins has been kept alive so long.
The Trouble with Merle (2002)
Writer & Director: Marée Delofski
Producer: David Noakes
Executive Producer: Mark Hamlyn
Duration: 55 minutes
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