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Film

Irish Rose – (Script completed)
Synopsis
:Young Australians clash with English traditionalists on 1 January 1901, the day the Commonwealth of Australia breaks away.

Morrison of China – (Script completed)
Synopsis
: The great Australian journalist, G.E. Morrison fights to establish the Chinese republic.

Fire in the BloodExtended Film Treatment
Synopsis: Doyen of Australia’s bushrangers, Frank Gardiner has one last great adventure in his exile in San Francisco.

Kill The TigerFilm Treatment
Synopsis: Love and betrayal as young Bob Page and his mates strike a blow behind the Singapore lines of the Japanese invader.

Chinese-Australian Film Treatments

The Other Side of Time – A Chinese-Australian love story with ghostly interventions

Against The Grain – A modern Chinese-Australian love story of a women torn between cultures

The Heirloom – A Chinese love story set in Australia with the couple trapped between cultures

The Patriarch – A Chinese family saga in Australia

A Debt of HonourFilm Concept for an Australian-Korean co-production. Synopsis: A Korean family repays a debt of honour to an Australian soldier caught in a vicious drug ring.

Television

Songs of the Southern MoonExtended Treatment for an Australian-Chinese television mini-series. Synopsis: Three generations of a Chinese family in love and war in both Australia and China.

The Trial of William ShakespeareExtended Treatment for Television mini-series Synopsis: Shakespeare and his contemporaries are ‘retrieved’ from the past to a British courtroom to determine whether the Stratford actor really wrote the plays standing in his name

Bravest of the BraveExtended Treatment for Television Series Synopsis: The stories of twelve of Australia’s bravest Victoria Cross winners.

The Great Aussie PieExtended Treatment for Television Series Synopsis: The amazing history of the unique comestible and a contest for the finest Australia has to offer.

Bushranger CountryExtended Treatment for Television Series Synopsis: The wild adventures of six of our most notorious outlaws.

Books:

Terminal Ballistics – Synopsis of the book – publishing date October 2010
Synopsis: The SAS’s top sniper tells of his remarkable life story and for the first time breaks the news of the biggest Australian military engagement since Vietnam.

 

Essay

The remarkably unremarked association between William Shakespeare and William Herbert, the 3rd Earl of Pembroke
Synopsis: We explore the extraordinary relationship between Shakespeare and the man most now believe was the subject of the Sonnets.

 

Stage

Little Boy BlueTwo Act Play
Synopsis: Two couples in a retirement home struggle with their ‘golden age’ crisis.

The View From Golgotha – Two Act Play
Synopsis: Judas reveals the true story behind the crucifixion

Song Lyrics

 
Don’t Look Back The Best Revenge
Friday Night Blues Fire in the Blood
This man is an Island  

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Hear a demo of ‘Don’t look Back’  Don’t_Look_back_(written_by_Robert_Macklin, Melody by Anirban Banerjee, Vocals, Matt Price)

 

Don’t Look Back

Verse

You really tried to keep her

You fought the whole night long

But now you gotta leave her

‘Cause you know she done you wrong

 You really tried to keep her

You fought the whole night long

But now you gotta leave her

‘Cause you know she done you wrong

 

Chorus

So

Don’t look back!

When your head says you’re leaving

Don’t look back!

When your feet hit the road

Don’t look back!

When your heart starts grieving

‘Cause you will feel better the further

you carry your load.

 Verse

You told her every secret

You talked the whole night long

But she shook her head; she cut you dead

Now you gotta move along

You told her every secret

You talked the whole night long

But she shook her head; she cut you dead

Now you gotta move along

 Chorus

So

Don’t look back!

When your head says you’re leaving

Don’t look back!

When your feet hit the road

Don’t look back!

When your heart starts grieving

‘Cause you will feel better the further

you carry your load.

 

Bridge:

And you will forget her

and the load will seem lighter

the day will be brighter

the further you walk down that road

Chorus

Don’t look back!

When your head says you’re leaving

Don’t look back!

When your feet his the road

Don’t look back!

When your heart starts its grieving

‘Cause you will feel better –

the further you carry your load.

 RM

February, 2005

 

The Best Revenge

When we were young we fought the good fight

‘Gainst the racists, the fascists, the radical right

But they beat us with slogans and vile propaganda

They turned our bright daylight to their darkest night

So now we sit on the wide verandah

Singing this song with spite

Oh, I like livin’

the good life

I like livin’

Where no one touch me

I like livin’

The good life

‘Cause that’s the best revenge

I like livin’

the high life

I like livin’

Where no one reach me

I like livin’

The high life’

‘Cause that’s the best revenge

I like livin’

The sweet life

I like livin’

Where no one find me

I like livin’

The sweet life

‘Cause that’s the best revenge.

I like livin’

The good life

The high life

The sweet life

I like livin’

My life

‘Cause that’s the best revenge

Copyright ©

Robert Macklin 2010

Friday Night Blues

I got the blues;

I got those Friday night, outa sight blues.

Come Monday and Tuesday

My man home at six

Come Wednesday and Thursday

We up to all kinds of tricks

But come along Friday,

I’ll give you the news

My lovin’ man, he gone out on the booze

I got the blues;

I got those Friday night blues.

Got those Friday night, outa sight blues.

All week he give me

The best kind of lovin’

He put sweets on my table

He put buns in my oven

But Friday night come and

I got no man to handle

He’s out on the town

With Jim Beam and Jack Daniel

Oh I got the blues

Got those Friday night blues

Got those Friday night, outa sight blues.

Come Sat’day and Sunday

He right by my side

One look from him and

I’m up for the ride

But Friday, I tell you he make me so blue

He say this is his time he gone out for a brew

Or two…

I got the blues

I got those Friday night blues

Got those Friday night, outa sight blues.

Copyright ©

Fire in the Blood

Fire in the blood

One look from you and I got

Fire in the blood

My heart starts thumpin’

My feet start jumpin’

‘Cause you light my fire in the blood.

You flash those eyes

You move those hips

You cross those thighs

You lick those lips

And I got fire,

Oh baby I got fire,

In the blood.

Fire in the blood

One touch from you and I got

Fire in the blood

My heart starts thumpin’

My feet start jumpin’

Cause you light that fire in the blood.

You flash those eyes

You move those hips

You cross those thighs

You lick those lips

And baby I got fire

Oh such fire,

Put out that fire…

Please, honey, please

Put out that fire…

That burning fire

In the blood.

Copyright ©

Robert Macklin 2010

This man is an Island

This man, is an island

This man has a heart made of stone

This man is an island

This man lives his life alone.

She came in to the place where I live

She came with her laughter and joy

She made a bridge to the land of the people

She warmed the heart of a boy

But she left just as I got to love her

She left and my heart tuned to stone

She went away and there was no returning

She left that boy all alone.

So this man, is an island

This man has a heart of stone

This man is an island

This man lives his life alone

But no man wants to be an island

No man wants a heart made of stone

Each man wants a bridge to the mainland

No man wants to live all alone

No, no man wants to live all alone.

No, no, no, no man, wants to live all alone.

Copyright ©

Robert Macklin 2010