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I want to write about being a mother, and about raising four extraordinary kids. Being their parent is like having an intense love affair with four people at the same time. And I want to write about making movies and writing screenplays. I come from a long line of storytellers.
Jocelyn Moorhouse grew up with adoring parents and siblings. She knew early on that she wanted to be a filmmaker, and her dreams were encouraged by her family and by her teachers.
Meeting P.J. Hogan, becoming parents and filmmakers together, was a turning point. But when they discovered that two of their children were autistic, Jocelyn’s life turned upside down. In Unconditional Love, she writes with humour and intelligence about her fears and hopes for her children, the highs and lows in her international career, about Hollywood and home, and about her love for what she does best – filmmaking and motherhood.
‘[A]n inspirational read…Moorhouse and Hogan’s lives are testament to the imperative sacrifices of parenthood…Stories like [these] are crucial to our understanding of what being a mother means in our modern society.‘
‘Unconditional Love is a shining example of the strength of mothers. Jocelyn’s sensitivity and humour made me fall in love with her passion for filmmaking and her family. Her resilience is inspiring and beautiful.’
‘A darkly clever Australian drama…Miss Moorhouse’s direction is as crisply controlled as her characters’ banter, and as quietly insidious in its own way.’
‘An enormously compelling character study.’
‘The triumph of the prodigal daughter.’
‘A truly wonderful book, a heartfelt achievement. I read it over two days, unable to put it down.’
‘A beguiling memoir, written from the heart, revealing a life lived truly.’
‘An exquisite and often heartbreaking balancing act of storyteller, wife and mother. A memoir told with the love, joy and images that make Jocelyn’s films so special.’
‘Moorhouse has the storyteller’s powerful memory for details and the filmmaker’s eye for the emotionally imbued image…an inspirational read for anyone interested in the film industry—and a cautionary tale for all parents who may wonder if they can, or indeed should, have it all.’