Beethoven and the Zipper: The Astonishing Story of Musica Viva
Journalist and filmaker Suzanne Baker launched her book on the founder of Musica Viva earlier this week. The Sydney Morning Herald wrote:Beethoven and the Zipper: The Astonishing Story of Musica Viva recounts how the inventor and internationally renowned viola player Richard Goldner escaped Nazi persecution in Vienna and arrived in Australia as a designated enemy alien. After inventing a zipper for the Australian armed forces that would not stick in the mud, he was able to found Musica Viva, which has shaped appreciation for classical music since the ’40s. After a Herald article on the book by Steve Meacham, the wheels began turning for a film version. Producer Brian Rosen, a former head of the Film Finance Corporation, said it will be called Enemy Alien. “It’s a refugee story of great success,” he told The Diary. “We think it’s the next Shine.” Baker has her own place in Australian film history, having won an Oscar as producer of Bruce Petty’s short film Leisure in 1976.
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