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Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen

Erik Jensen

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Black Inc
29 April 2019
Individual artists, art monographs; Biography; Biography: arts & entertainment; Memoirs
In 2008, the artist Adam Cullen invited journalist Erik Jensen to stay in his spare room and write his biography.

What followed were four years of intense honesty and a relationship that became increasingly claustrophobic. At one point Cullen shot Jensen, in part to see how committed he was to the book. At another, he threw Jensen from a speeding motorbike. The book contract Cullen used to convince Jensen to stay with him never existed.

Acute Misfortune is a riveting account of the life and death of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, the man behind the Archibald Prize-winning portrait of David Wenham. Jensen follows Cullen through drug deals and periods of deep self-reflection, onwards into his court appearance for weapons possession and finally his death in 2012 at the age of forty-six.

After much critical acclaim, Acute Misfortune was developed into a feature film, winning The Age Critics Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2018.

The story is by turns tender and horrifying- a spare tale of art, sex, drugs and childhood, told at close quarters and without judgement.
By:   Erik Jensen
Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   220g
ISBN:   9781760640873
ISBN 10:   1760640875
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   29 April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Erik Jensen is the founding editor of the Saturday Paper. He has written for film, television and the stage. His first book, Acute Misfortune- The Life and Death of Adam Cullen, won the Nib Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.

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