Sunday, January 27, 2013

Vale Pat Lovell

Pioneering film producer Patrica Lovell has died at the age of 83.
Pat began a show business career on radio and as Miss Pat in the children's TV show Mr Squiggle . She was also part of the original beauties on the panel show Beauty and The Beast as well as acting in several of the Skippy The Bush Kangaroo episodes.

Lovell formed a film production company with fledgling actor Mel Gibson and produced some of Australia's most acclaimed films including Picnic At Hanging Rock and Gallipoli. She spoke warmly about working with Gibson in a 2004 documentary about the religious actor : Mel Gibson, God's Lethal Weapon.

Pat Lovell retired from the industry in 2003 when she was head of producing at the Australian Film, Television School. She died yesterday surrounded by family members.