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Margie Orford

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My latest effort – a recent collaboration

Kathryn Smith as Sophie Brown

One of my characters, Sophie Brown, is COMING TO LIFE – through my artist friend Kathryn Smith.

Sophie Brown stars in The Quarry – the next Clare Hart novel after the one I am writing now, Daddy’s Girl, is finished.

Do have a look at the image – it is too beautiful and we made such a lovely three minute movie about an unwritten book, at zero degrees in a quarry on table mountain in the middle of the night!

It’s a movie you can watch this weekend; here’s more information:

Please watch our lovely series “Right Through The Arts” this Sunday at 9-10pm on SABC 2. This is the last episode in the series. Thanks for all the support and feedback. This week’s programme features Kathryn Smith, who has created a compelling work that in which she performs herself and Sophie Brown (a fictional artist). The picture is of Kathryn on set.

Episode 6: Kathryn Smith (12 October 2008)

Renowned artist Kathryn Smith’s photographs often feature recreations of fictional and historical crime scenes and characters. She’s as interested in the crime itself as she is in society’s responses to particular kinds of crime. She’s a fanatical researcher who uses forensic material and other forms of evidence to construct images that blur the difference between truth and fiction. In this episode of Right Through the Arts, Kathryn, in collaboration with author Margie Orford, is challenged to create a fictional character for the film version of a crime novel that doesn’t exist yet.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    October 10th, 2008 @12:16 #

    Looks fascinating, Margie. The pic is lovely - resonant of Cindy Sherman.
    My fine-art claim to fame is that Kathryn used to walk her dog past our Parktown flat some years ago.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Michelle</a>
    October 10th, 2008 @16:53 #

    Such macabre glamour. Delicious.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Margie</a>
    October 10th, 2008 @19:13 #

    Lucky you, Louis. I hope you get to watch. We have been talking about this for a while - my next book has an artist as the main character and her secrets are unearthed as she works on an exhibition. So I asked Kathryn to make the art - I saw her exhibtion at Iziko called Euphemism and was enthralled by her and her work. So this has been a long time germinating. We are hoping to do an exhibition.... such an exciting genre and medium cross over.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    October 10th, 2008 @19:32 #

    I love all this creative cross-pollinating and germinating. Such an exciting time on the literary scene here.


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