Ronald Faulkner was born and raised for the first quarter of his life in Australia. He was a troubled and rebellious surfer and tearaway, giving his mother a rough time after his father died when he was just seven years old. Although dreaming of a career in the Australian Royal Navy, fate had other ideas and, through a series of chance encounters, he found himself embarking on a career in the theatre – not unlike his father, the silent film actor John Faulkner, and his mother, Sheila Whytock, a ballerina who danced with Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes and the great Anna Pavlova.
Under the guidance of his friend and mentor Peter Finch, the young Faulkner – who’d by that time garnered the nickname ‘Trader’ – set sail for England, arriving in spring 1950. His career in the theatre soon took off, bringing him into contact with some of the finest actors, directors and playwrights of his time. He also discovered Flamenco, a dance he was to master, earning the friendship and respect of Antonio Gades and Antonio el Bailarin along the way. This is his story, a fascinating tale of comedy, elation, sadness, and tremendous challenge. It is also an inspiring documentary tribute to an age now fast slipping away.
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