I’ve always wondered. I don’t much like his stuff, while acknowledging that the early work was interesting. And I guess you get marks for creating an icon – Ned Kelly. The Kelly series is very compelling. But, though I wouldn’t rate my views on the subject as particularly worthy or insightful I thought this piece in the Age was an excellent discussion of Nolan’s weaknesses – with some acknowledgement of the strengths.
And also an example of how good the contents of our daily papers could be if people of the quality of this author could be cultivated more – rather than all the usual suspects shouting and prattling on.