Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Songs and memories at Hunter memorial

Australian music and stories from family and friends will help celebrate the life of Bill Hunter, described by many as a quintessentially Australian actor.

Hunter lost his battle with cancer surrounded by family and friends at a Melbourne hospice on Saturday night, aged 71.

Details of the memorial service have been released by Hunter's manager Mark Morrissey, who will be one of those addressing family, friends and fans at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne at 2pm (AEST) on Thursday.

A performance by Australian songwriting legend Paul Kelly will open the service before Hunter's acting colleagues Rod Mullinar, Gary Foley, David Field and Mick Molloy share their reminiscences.
"He always had time for everyone, for all his kind of roaring bluff, he was a very sensitive and very gentle man," Field told the ABC earlier.

The actor's family will be represented by his brother John Hunter and niece Kate Hunter, as well as his former wife Rhoda Roberts.

With songs from Oliver Jao Smith and The Maza Sisters, the service will be closed by Paul Kelly, performing his classic number Leaps & Bounds.
ABC television is paying its own tribute to the late actor, with a short retrospective on his career on Tuesday, replaying the classic films Mad Dog Morgan, Stone and Strictly Ballroom on Saturday and Sunday, and a longer retrospective in its Artscape program on Sunday.

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