Jeff Duff in Polymorphia — update

Posted on 19th May 2017

“An insane man meets the man in his head who makes his dreams.”

That’s the short film by Edward Inchbold with Jeff Duff in a starring role—available now:

See earlier blogpost about this film here.

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Jeff Duff in “Polymorphia”

Posted on 15th November 2015

Maier's 1618 burning hermaphroditeJeff Duff is to appear in Polymorphia—a film by Sydney-based film-maker Edward Inchbold to be released in 2016. It’s a film of the short genre in which "an insane man meets the man in his head who makes his dreams". Duff plays the role of "Albert".

That’s according to IMDB, which also notes that the film stars one Felix Johnson as "Mr A B C", and one Nerida Bronwen as "The Dancing Girl", with music by Steve J. de Souza, among other seasoned artists of cinematography, production and costume design, etc.

Inchbold—this film’s writer, director and producer—also has the 2014 film Hard lines behind him. See also his early profile at the film-maker’s share-site mutinee.

Duff himself notes in his blog of 1st Oct 2015:

Film director Edward Inchbold, selected me to play one of the rather spooky characters in his new short movie called ‘Pollymorphia’. We filmed the movie in Sydney in September. I’m looking forward to seeing the completed film … apparently the aim is to have it screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Pending more details, let’s ponder the above woodprint from 1618 of a burning hermaphrodite, which seems to fit in with the theme and perhaps even style of this new Duff project.

UPDATE via Instagram Aug 26 2016:

A photo posted by @polymorphiafilm on

For more info about Duff in film and theatre, there’s:

  • Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby—background info about Duff’s appearances, alongside Leonardo Di Caprio, here, with screenshots of Duff’s cameos here, and the whole movie via amazon here for streaming or here by hard-copy
  • Andrée Greenwell’s The Hanging of Jean Lee here, being a post-punk opera about the last woman to be hung in Australia, Duff playing her victim
  • The cult Oz science-fiction/heavy-metal movie Sons of Steel in which JD sprightfully plays the role of a hyper-glam nerd of body/mind science, Secta
  • Duff’s record on IMDB

Jeff Duff astride the whole party, in knickerbockers, in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby"

Jeff Duff astride the whole party, in knickerbockers, in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”

+ See also: Jeff Duff in the 2013 Melbourne Arts House staging of "The Hanging of Jean Lee":

~ and Jeff Duff singing "The Burn" in Sons of Steel:

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The Hanging of Jean Lee – with Jeff Duff

Posted on 20th November 2013

The hanging of Jean Lee as originally reported in The Argus

Jeff Duff performs in the “post-punk rock opera” on Jean Lee, the last woman to be hanged in Australia – for crimes of extortion, slow torture and murder, Pentridge Gaol, 1951 – at the ArtsHouse, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, Dec 7-8 2013.

+ Jeff Duff in the 2006 Sydney Opera House show:

+ Recorded with limited release CD in 2007, including 4 Duff solos/character pieces.

+ Feature article about the opera in The Age (Nov 30, 2013), where Duff is noted as playing the part of “the lecherous Pop Kent”.

+ ABC Radio National’s interpretive blurb about the poetry and history behind the opera (23 Nov 2013). There even seems to be some Jeff Duff singing in here, about ¼-way through, on top of hints to the aesthetics of the show.

+ ArtsHouse blurb, tickets: "Post-punk music genres infuse a score that evokes a dark underworld and exposes raw emotions, … music veers poignantly from erotic charge to sharp lament, combining pop, impro and jazz forms to create a unique theatre of music … backed by a seven-piece band …"

+ Interview with composer Andrée Greenwell (& map to the venue) : "… a concert version of the version first performed in Sydney in 200[6] … performed together with visual projections that give the production a documentary emphasis"

+ Live stuff from the Sydney Opera House production, 2006

+ About Jean Lee’s life, the murder, execution, etc. Wikipedia

+ Biography of Jean Lee in The Australian Dictionary of Biography.

+ News of Jean Lee’s execution in The Argus, 19th Feb 1951 and 20th Feb 1951, including the latter eye-witness report describing how the trio walked up to the gallows:

The two men met their deaths calmly and steadily. The woman appeared to be unconscious.

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Spot the Duff!

Posted on 12th October 2013

Great news of Duffological import is that Baz Luhrmann‘s "The Great Gatsby", with cameos by Jeff Duff, is now available for dust EVERYWHERE!

I got mine from Wollies (or however you spell it). It’s featured in every Sunday paper catalogue. We’re all going 1920s, or at least 1970s, when the last Great Gatsby movie was made.

So while playing Twister and snorting cocaine, can you Spot the Duff in this movie’s clinchers & promos? Here’s a sampling.












Other blog about this here.

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Jeff Duff as Endive in Luhrmann’s Gatsby

Posted on 7th December 2011

Duff in the Great Gatsby
FLASH: Duffo is working in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, being filmed in Sydney at this time. From preview trailers, we can spot Duff in fez, playing ukele, in a music and dance sequence (above), and can see him in the following pic beside Gatsby (Di Caprio) himself.Duff and Di Caprio in The Great Gatsby

Duff blogs!

Jeff Duff blogs about his Great Gatsby role as the character Clarence Endive. The post includes fizzy quotables from JD about being “typecast” (in knickerbockers) and having to play drunkenly. Duff’s also been inspired song-wise in this role.

Who is Clarence?

But just who is this “Clarence Endive” who JD plays? In Chapter 4 of The Great Gatsby, the very novel, it is revealed only that:

Clarence Endive was from East Egg, as I remember. He came only once, in white knickerbockers, and had a fight with a bum named Etty in the garden.

Duffo goes biffo?

Duffo ain’t Otto

Sydney chip-wrap newspaper The Daily Telegraph, in Nov 2011, mis-captioned a couple of their “exclusive pics” from the filming of The Great Gatsby – just where Duff is concerned. Someone on their Neanderthal staff (no offence to slate-heads) mistook Duffo for Barry Otto, the Bliss/Cosi/Strictly Ballroom star of Australian screen – born but a generation or two ahead of the Duff! Fair crack of the witless whip! Read about it – with the pics – at The Social Shuttle.

The IMDB Controversy

There’s more about the film at these corporate sites: official Warner Bros site and IMDB, where the Australian release date is given as May 30 2013. Duff, however, isn’t listed by IMDB among the cast as yet – as of May 3, and now May 10, 2013. The Institute is working on this egregious discount to human knowledge. May IMDB step up to the facts pretty soon – or keep straying about in the vacuum.

UPDATE: The Institute for Duffological Studies proudly announces that, as of 20 May 2013, IMDB has finally acknowledged Jeff Duff in the castlist of The Great Gatsby. JD is listed here: – with a link to his own IMDB actor page, which now includes a reference to his role in The Great Gatsby, on top of his Sons of Steel work. Hats off to IMDB!

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