It is sometimes said that Marilyn had a dual identity – that of Monroe, the glamorous movie star, but also the insecure Norma Jeane. The same could be said of Peter Drouwyn, the Australian surfer who now lives as a woman, Westerly Windina, on the Gold Coast. In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, she described how Marilyn Monroe inspired her to make a life-changing decision.
‘ ”Peter’s gone now,” she says, matter-of-factly. ”He was always a compromise on the real thing: the girl [inside him]. He was a stranger on the shore and he always knew there was something wrong. But although he’s gone, I still have his memories … they’re the only memories I have.”
”With Peter, there was always a shyness and confusion – almost a feeling of insanity – when he had to do things in front of a camera. He started having terrible panic attacks at the age of 12,” she turns and indicates an image of Marilyn Monroe on an etched wall mirror, ”like that girl there. She had panic attacks. Peter bought that picture in 1979 and carried it with him ever since. Why would he do that? I think it was because he recognised someone who was a part of him, or part of me, for a long, long time.” ‘
Marilyn’s image will loom over this autumn’s film festival circuit. My Week With Marilyn is showing in Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia, while Poupoupidou (Nobody Else But You), a French indie about a smalltown beauty whose mysterious death mirrors MM’s, will be screened in Canberra, Australia.
Stars of the Silver Screen: Marilyn Monroe, a new documentary first aired on the UK’s Biography Channel, will be broadcast on Australia’s Studio network at 7.30 pm, reports The Australian, with this comment: “Fast-moving and intelligent, like Marilyn herself, this is a terrific biopic.”
Andrej Pejic – an androgynous, 20 year-old Australian male model of Bosnian descent – appears as Marilyn in ‘Norma Jean’, a risque short film styled by Patricia Field, who comments, “It looks at Marilyn’s status as a sexual icon and explores the societal implications of the sex-kitten femme.”
Watch ‘Norma Jean’ now at Stylite
A charity screening of Some Like it Hot has been arranged by the Friends of Margaret River Hospital, in Western Australia (nearest city: Perth.)
Set for July 30, a ticket price of $20 includes entry to a vintage-themed market at 4pm, with the movie starting at 6pm, plus a free glass of wine.
More details at Augusta-Margaret River Mail
Cafe Etc is on Jetty Road, Brighton, a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. Owned by Carol Walker, the cafe is decorated with MM posters and memorabilia. If you’re in the area, please do pay the cafe a visit and leave a comment here.