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Glebe in Pop Culture: Music, Books, Films and TV Shows Associated with Glebe

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Music with Glebe connections


Glebe, released in 1981, was the second studio album from Tactics, a punk/alternative/experimental group from Sydney. David Studdert (vocals) and Angus Douglas (guitar) lived in Glebe for some time at 250 Gebe Point Road in the early 1980s.

See Wikipedia entry and MySpace page.

Lauren from Glebe is a single off the 2008 album Guns Babes Lemonade from gospel/techno/soul artist Muscles. See official website and MySpace page.

Anzac Bridge is mentioned in the first line of the You Am I song "Purple Sneakers", which was first released in 1995. As it was not named "ANZAC Bridge" at the time, Tim Rogers' lyric is "Had a scratch only you could itch / underneath the Glebe Point bridge" (From Wikipedia). "Purple Sneakers" was released in June 1995 and reached number 24 in the 1995 Triple J Hottest 100. The song was inspired by the school yard taunts Tim suffered after he wore purple sneakers (a twelfth birthday present from his father) to school. See official website.

The first track on the second disc of The Whitlam's "Little Cloud", released in 2006, was inspired by a passing moment in Glebe, as revealed by Tim Freedman on the band's website:

"Inspired by an image I’ve had in my head for 20 years of a Sydney University student sitting cross-legged on the grass outside a party in York St, Glebe rocking forwards and backwards on a bad trip. It didn’t really come together in the recording until J. added the zither in the verses. People have warmed to this one at gigs. I guess there are a lot of bad pills around these days. The young girl now directs films – there’s a happy ending for you."

Volatile is the second studio album from The Lime Spiders, released in 1988 through Virgin Records on vinyl, which was recorded at Glebe Recording Studios. See Wikipedia entry, official website and MySpace page.

Music Videos

“The Hard Way”, is a single off the album Slideshows, by the group Thirsty Merc.  Its music video was shot on location in Glebe. See the YouTube video, official website and MySpace page.

"Jump in My Car" is a single released by David Hasselhoff in 2006. The song was written by Australian singer, Ted Mulry and guitarist Les Hall, and was the first hit for the band, Ted Mulry Gang, in Australia in 1975.  The video was shot in Glebe. See Wikipedia entry and the YouTube video.

Anzac Bridge was used as the filming location for Deni Hines' music video for "It's Alright" shortly before it opened in 1996. See YouTube video.

Books with Glebe connections


Looking for Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta
"Seventeen-year-old Josephine Alibrandi (who lives in Glebe) is no stranger to conflict. If she's not caught between her strict single mom and her even stricter grandmother, then she's trying to choose between wealthy good boy John Barton and working-class bad boy Joseph Coote. Josephine is always in trouble with the nuns at her Catholic school (who everyone calls "penguins because of them wearing wimples and all that Sound of Music gear") because she fights with native Australian kids over her mixed Australian/Italian heritage."

For more info and an extract of the novel, see Looking for Alibrandi on Amazon

The character Cliff Hardy from Peter Corris' series of crime fiction novels resides in Glebe, with many of the books featuring Glebe as a backdrop.
For an example, see
The Big Score on Amazon.

Glebe's Cornstalk Bookshop specialises in, amongst other Australiana related areas, Australian crime fiction, including the range of Peter Corris novels. Gleebooks, also stocks titles in the series.

Falling Glass, Julia Osborne, 2002
Novel set in Glebe, against the backdrop of the first Gulf War in the early 1990s.
Extracts of the novel may be found in Julia Osborne's blog on her
MySpace page.

"Falling Glass has been a real pleasure to encounter. Julia Osborne uses inner Sydney much as Helen Garner uses Carlton, and some of the effects are more than memorable. Its accounts of urban survivals at a time of international crisis guarantee it a lingering timeliness" David Brooks


The Architectural Character of Glebe Sydney
by Bernard Smith and Kate Smith.
University Co-operative Bookshop, 1973; Sydney University Press, 1989. See details on

Balmain to Glebe
by Joan Lawrence, Catherine Warne. Kingsclear Books, 2001

Balmain, Glebe & Annandale Walks
by Joan Lawrence. Hale & Iremonger, 1997. See details on

The Boatshed on Blackwattle Bay: Glebe Rowing Club, 1879-1993
by Max Solling. See details on

Edmund Barton
By Geoffrey Bolton, Geoffrey Curgenven Bolton. Allen & Unwin, 2000. See details on

The Glebe: Portraits and Places
By Freda MacDonnell. Ure Smith, 1975 

Grandeur and Grit: A History Of Glebe
By Max Solling. Halstead Press, 2007.

"From the 18th century to the 21st, Glebe's character has changed with the growth of Sydney and the development of society. Today's inner suburb - teeming with life, crowded with terraces, shops, pubs, schools and churches - was once a country retreat for affluent families from the young city nearby. As gold rushes, depressions, wars, gentrification and globalisation left their deep imprints, Glebe maintained a tough local identity, proclaimed by football fans in the 20s and anti-demolition activists of recent times. Max Solling combines a love of his subject with rigorous historical method, to write engagingly about the people of Glebe, their political religious and domestic lives, and the striking class distinctions in one of Australia's best loved suburbs. His broad perspective takes in Glebe's place in literature, in the economy and planning of a city, and in the world as a whole." From City of Sydney Council. See also book review by Danny Yee on Danny's Reviews.

Leichhardt: On the Margins of the City. A Social History Of Leichhardt and the Former Municipalities of Annandale, Balmain and Glebe
By Max Solling, Peter L. Reynolds. Allen & Unwin, 1997

Local Labour: A History Of The Labour Party In Glebe 1891-2003
by Michael Hogan. Federation Press, 2004

"The suburb of Glebe in the city of Sydney is traditional, inner city, rusted-on Labor Party territory. Local Labor tells the story of the branches of the Australian Labor Party in the area over more than a century. It recounts the broad sweep of history at the small local level, the recurrent issues, the personal and political battles. It is an account of political activity at branch level such as has never before been attempted in Australia. The history begins with the Party’s first election in Glebe in 1891 – it was successful – and ends with the suburb’s incorporation into the City of Sydney municipality in 2003." From Federation Press.

For reviews of the book, and to read the speech delivered at the launch of the book at the Glebe Town Hall on 10 June 2004, by Senator John Faulkner, see the Federation Press page for more details.

Pictorial Memories: Balmain to Glebe: The Leichhardt Municipality
by Joan Lawrence, Catherine Warne. See details on
Kingsclear Books.

Pictorial History Balmain to Glebe covers the suburbs of Annandale, Balmain, Birchgrove, Leichhardt, Lilyfield and Rozelle. Glebe, although no longer part of the Leichhardt municipality, is included for geographical and historical reasons. Each area has its own story of settlement, growth and development from Aboriginal occupancy to the changing face of suburbs in the 21st century. In that time span colonial estates and humble workers' cottages gave way to subdivision as suburbs developed away from Sydney. Annandale, the Johnston family's vast estate, was later planned as a model suburb. Balmain began with a rich maritime history and the creation of the famous Mort's Dock. Birchgrove, another colonial estate, witnessed an engineering marvel with the building of the underwater tunnel from Long Nose Point (Yurulbin) to Greenwich. Threatened demolition and unsympathetic development brought about the creation of the Balmain Association (1965), the Annandale Association (1969) and the Glebe Society (1969) by concerned citizens who wished to save the intrinsic character of these areas.

To Build a Bridge, Glebe Island, Sydney, Australia
by David Moore. Chapter & Verse, 1996. See details on

Underneath the Arches: A History of the Glebe District Hockey Club to 1993
By Max Solling. 1994

Films with Glebe connections

Movies that were filmed on location in Glebe include:

Anyone You Want (2009)
Directed by Campbell Graham, starring Socratis Otto, Tabrett Bethell, Max Cullen, Denise Roberts.

links to: Official Website | IMDB

Independent film shot on location in Glebe.
Winner - Indie Spirit Best Storyline Award, Boston International Film Festival, April 2010; World Premiere - Cinequest Film Festival, California, March 2010; Screened at Manhattan Film Festival, July 23rd 2010.

X Men - Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Directed by Gavin Hood, and starring Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber, Dominic Monaghan

links to: Official Website | IMDB

Scenes from the movie were shot on location in Jubilee Park, Glebe in April 2008.

Restraint (2009)
Directed by David Denneen, starring Travis Fimmel, Teresa Palmer, Stephen Moyer.

links to: Official Website | IMDB

Internal scenes of Andrew's mansion were shot in Glebe. See interview with David Denneen on the Eye for Film website.

Acting Out (2007)
Directed and written by Danny Merton, and featuring Lara Cox, Sam Atwell, Damien Parker, Rebecca Clay

links to: IMDB | Amazon

He Died with a Felafel in His Hand (2001)
Directed by Richard Lowenstein and starring Noah Taylor, Emily Hamilton Romane Bohringer and Sophie Lee

Links to: SBS Films | IMDB | Amazon

A house on Avenue Road in Glebe was used as the Melbourne house in the film. As the scenes were supposed to have taken place in winter, but were actually shot in spring, the film crew had to pluck the leaves from the wisteria out the front! (Thanks to Margaret for the info.)

Looking for Alibrandi (2000)
Directed by Kate Woods and starring Pia Miranda, Greta Scacchi, Anthony LaPaglia, Matthew Newton

Links to: Australian Screen
IMDB | Amazon

Cardigan Street was where the Alibrandi house was situated.

The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992)
Directed by Gillian Armstrong and written by Helen Garner, and featuring Lisa Harrow, Bruno Ganz, Kerry Fox, Mirando Otto, Bill Hunter

links to: IMDB

Over the Hill (1991)
(aka Round the Bend)

Directed by George Miller, and featuring a cast including Olympia Dukakis, Sigrid Thornton, Derek Fowlds, Pippa Grandison, Aden Young, Bill Kerr, Steve Bisley, Andrea Moore

links to: Australian Screen | IMDB

Brides of Christ (1991)
(mini series)

links to: Australian Screen
IMDB | Amazon

The gates and chapel at St Scholastica's College were used in the film.

Quigley Down Under (1990)
links to: IMDB | Amazon

Evil Angels (1988)
(aka A Cry in the Dark)

links to: IMDB | Amazon

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985) (aka Mad Max 3)
links to: IMDB | Amazon

Underworld (Pig Pen) was located in an unused bull sale ring in Glebe: see Mad Max Movies.

Fatty Finn (1980)
links to:
Australian Screen | IMDB

See "Movie Minutiae: Fatty Finn", Cristen Tilley, Articulate, ABC News, 1 June, 2007.

Other films include:

The Badge (2009): short film produced by Short Black Films and members of the Glebe Youth Service, shown at the Glebe Community Film Festival, 28 February 2009. See article on

Living Black (2009)
-An episode of the SBS program "Living Black", aired on 12 October 2009, followed journalist Kodie Beford discovering Girlzone, a place where the girls of the inner-Sydney suburb of Glebe can retreat. Girlzone is also a spot for girls and young women to get much-needed support as they deal with issues like sexuality, nutrition and bullying.

The Chopping Block (2008)
-An episode of the Channel 9 tv show "The Chopping Block", saw Glebe mexican restaurant
Baja Cantina compete against Modena 88. Baja Cantina received the highest score of the first two seasons - 4.5 out of 5, and was also the winner of Season 2. See reviews of
Baja Cantina on GlebeNet's Food page for more information on the restaurant.

See a writeup of the episode as well as a short clip on Channel 9's website

Always Greener (2001)
- Glebe locations were used in shooting

links to: IMDB | Amazon

Nerds FC was a television show featuring soccer. The first series of the show was aired as a lead-in for the 2006 FIFA World Cup on SBS that featured coverage of the Australia national soccer team.  The Nerds FC training ground was at Wentworth Playing Grounds. See Wikipedia entry.

The old Glebe Island Bridge was used in a episode of the ninties television drama Water Rats.

A Toxteth Road house was used in the ABC medico drama G.P..

Section Index:

- Music with Glebe connections
- Books with Glebe connections
- Films with Glebe connections
- Television shows with Glebe connections

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