Top positive review
A brave journey
6 July 2016
Honest, heart-warming and a very well-written glimpse into the life of one of Australia's favourite people. Magda's story is rich, beautifully, bold and moving. The daughter of Polish and Scottish migrants. It's for her bravery that I applaud her; failed projects, her weight issues, her sexuality.
Central to this theme is the love and misunderstanding between a father and a daughter. Her father, indeed, casts a giant shadow over her life.
A good man carrying the burden of memory as a Polish freedom fighter - doing back to the Nazis what they did in spades to everyone else.
The first act, focusing on her childhood, can be at times a little slow and overdone - but the pay off is a great third act, her adulthood a blur of activities, themes and emotion whacking hard at you. That said, a warning for those looking for detailed insight into the comedic, professional life history it's not there! This is not a sensationalist biography, but rather an exploration of the complex emotional, cultural and political landscape that Magda inhabited.