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A thousand steps from the farm to the blue-black highway. A journey away from a paddock of sticks.
In the sequel to his highly acclaimed first memoir Stillways, Steve Bisley lands smack dab in the middle of Sydney. It’s 1967. High-waisted bell-bottom pants, paisley body shirts, velvet jackets, platform shoes and a lust for everything life has to offer
him. And it offers him a lot. Till the day he auditions for the acting course at The National Institute of Dramatic Art and to his dismay is accepted, along with fellow classmates, Judy Davis and Mel Gibson.
Three years later, on their graduation day, Mel and Steve are cast in a film that will change their lives forever. The iconic Australian cult film Mad Max.
In this sensory and poetic memoir, actor Steve Bisley reflects on loving, losing, wrecking and running – the bridges burned – in the decades since hitchhiking away from the small family farm on the central coast of NSW in the 1960s.

Steve Bisley has been a film and television actor for more than 30 years, best known for his roles in Mad Max and The Great Gatsby and as Detective Jack Christy in the long-running television series Water Rats. He has most recently played Jim Knight in the popular Nine Network drama Doctor Doctor.
In 2014, his first poetic memoir Stillways was shortlisted for The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, The National Biography Awards and The Queensland Literary Awards.
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A raw, rough, poetic, funny, intensely moving and quite, quite beautiful memoir about a boy from the bush, growing up in Australian in the sixties.

From one of Australia's favourite actors comes a classic memoir of an Australian childhood in the sixties.

Young Steve was a larrikin, happy-go-lucky, resilient kid, coming of age in a simpler time. Growing up on a farm cut from virgin scrub at the end of a lake, a farm called Stillways, Steve daydreamed about cars and escape. His story is about him heroworshipping his older brother with Brylcreem in his hair; going to school as a young kid with bus money knotted into a hanky and clutching his Globite schoolcase; fighting bullies at school and dreaming about girls; being amazed at the first television in town; remembering where he was when Marilyn Monroe died...

But there's a darker thread running through the story: the father who'd take out his frustrations by savagely belting his young children; a struggling mother who'd do anything to protect her kids; a young boy irrevocably marked by his father's anger.

Endearing, funny, honest and unflinching - this memoir will become an Australian classic.

'Tender and admirable' The Australian

'Poetic, evocative' Sydney Morning Herald

'We know Steve Bisley can act, but can he write? Bloody oath he can. Bisley evokes the Aussie bush so vividly you can smell the eucalypts and the cowpats and the hay and the bushfire smoke as you turn each page. You can hear the creek babbling, the kookas in the trees, the wind rustling the grass. Stillways is disarmingly, sometimes embarrassingly, honest. A book full of joy, anger, regret, hope, lust and love.' Hobart Mercury

'The astonishing thing about this memoir is that it contains so much joy.' Jennifer Byrne.

Shortlisted for the 2014 Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Queensland Literary Awards, and the 2014 National Biography Awards.

The Big Steal 1990 (full movie)

The Big Steal is a 1990 Australian caper film directed by Nadia Tass starring Ben Mendelsohn, Claudia Karvan and Steve Bisley.

Latest News

  • Jemaine Clement talks about life as a vampire, his Conchords co-stars, and ...

    02/13/15 ,via A.V. Club (blog)

    All the adulation for his superb HBO show with Bret McKenzie, the dearly departed Flight Of The Conchords, hasn't changed Jemaine Clement, one of New Zealand's funniest performers. Offstage, he's grounded and modest, shy and sensitive.

  • Steve Bisley quits MTC play in opening week due to illness

    07/07/14 ,via Sydney Morning Herald

    Actor John McTernan has been drafted in at the 11th hour to a lead role in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of Glengarry Glen Ross after Steve Bisley withdrew due to illness several days before the play's opening night. An MTC spokeswoman 

Twitter

It's just a formality. Sign it with your left hand. #GordonFarkas #TheBigSteal @Steve_Bisley http://t.co/xd0rJbhWYr 02/10/15, @theVATH

Recipes

  • Steve's Chicken Korma

    almonds, tomato, chicken, chicken broth, chili powder, cinnamon, vegetable oil, garlic, ginger, heavy cream, onions, yogurt, turmeric, white pepper

  • Jesse and Steve's Fresh Strawberry Cake

    baking soda, butter, butter, powdered sugar, eggs, flour, lemon juice, lemon zest, milk, salt, sour cream, strawberries, almonds, turbinado sugar, vanilla extract

Books

  • Stillways: A Memoir

    HarperCollins Australia. 2013. ISBN: 9781460700358,146070035X. 304 pages.

    A raw, rough, poetic, funny, intensely moving and quite, quite beautiful memoir about a boy from the bush, growing up in Australian in the sixties. From one of Australia's favourite actors comes a classic memoir of an Australian childhood in the sixties. Young Steve was a larrikin, happy-go-lucky, resilient kid, coming of age in a simpler time. Growing up on a farm cut from virgin scrub at the end of a lake, a farm called Stillways, Steve daydreamed about cars and escape. His story is about him heroworshipping his older brother with Brylcreem in his hair; going to school as a young kid with bus money knotted into a hanky and clutching his Globite schoolcase; fighting bullies at school and dreaming about girls; being amazed at the first television in town; remembering where he was when Marilyn Monroe died... But there's a darker thread running through the story: the father who'd take out his frustrations by savagely belting his young children; a struggling mother who'd do anything to protect her kids; a young boy irrevocably marked by his father's anger. Endearing, funny, honest and unflinching-this memoir will become an Australian classic. 'Tender and admirable' The Australian 'Poetic, evocative' Sydney Morning Herald 'We know Steve Bisley can act, but can he write? Bloody oath he can. Bisley evokes the Aussie bush so vividly you can smell the eucalypts and the cowpats and the hay and the bushfire smoke as you turn each page. You can hear the creek babbling, the kookas in the trees, the wind rustling the grass. Stillways is disarmingly, sometimes embarrassingly, honest. A book full of joy, anger, regret, hope, lust and love.' Hobart Mercury 'The astonishing thing about this memoir is that it contains so much joy.' Jennifer Byrne

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  • 'Mad Max: Collector's Edition' Starring Mel Gibson Blu-ray Dated

    02/05/15 ,via High-Def Digest

    Also starring Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Steve Bisley (The Great Gatsby, Red Hill), this rugged racecar of a film runs on "comic book volatility… exhilarating rowdiness and visual intensity" (The New York Times)! No other ...

  • New Details for Mad Max Collector's Edition Blu-ray Revealed

    02/03/15 ,via Blu-ray

    Also starring Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Steve Bisley (The Great Gatsby, Red Hill), this rugged racecar of a film runs on "comic book volatility… exhilarating rowdiness and visual intensity" (The New York Times)!

  • Complaint leads to better area for disabled supporters at Rodney Parade

    01/17/15 ,via South Wales Argus

    A NEW elevated platform is being constructed at Rodney Parade and access for wheelchair users in the Bisley Stand is to be reviewed following a complaint from the father of a cerebral palsy sufferer. Steve Parrish, 56, and his son, Karl, 30, from Caldicot ...

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Steve Bisley - IMDb

Steve Bisley, Actor: The Great Gatsby. Popular Australian actor born in New South Wales, whose earlier film work typified the "Aussie larrikin" sterotype with his ...

Steve Bisley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Steve Bisley (born 26 December 1950) is an Australian born and bred film and television actor, who attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

Steve Bisley - Biography - IMDb

Popular Australian actor born in New South Wales, whose earlier film work typified the "Aussie larrikin" sterotype with his lively and animated ...

Steve Bisley - TV.com

Steve Bisley was born on December 26 1951, in Lake Munmorah. He is a well known actor in Australia, often called "The Biz" by colleagues and fans.

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