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Małgorzata Dobrowolska
Małgorzata Dobrowolska

Małgorzata Dobrowolska was born on 2nd June 1958 in Kamienna Góra. She graduated from the Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Wrocław. She made her debut in Wrocław, at the Polish Theatre.

In March 1981 she emigrated to Australia. One year later she played the role of Dionysus in a play titled “The Bacchae” at a theatre in Sydney. Her performance as Nina in “Silver City”, a film about the post-war emigration of Poles to Australia, was nominated to the Australian Film Institute award in “The Best Actress” category. In emigration Małgorzata Dobrowolska played in films, TV shows, theatre and also worked in the radio.

At the end of the 1990s she came back to the Polish screen starring in films by Jerzy Stuhr and Przemysław Wojcieszek. In 2007, the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław featured a review of her artistic output.

Today Małgorzata Dobrowolska lives in Sydney

Interviewed by Edi Pyrek in 2011 in Sydney.

interview excerpts
Dobrowolska 1mini
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Holiday marked by political asylum
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Holiday marked by political asylum

Dobrowolska 2mini
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Last day in Poland, and first in Australia
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Last day in Poland, and first in Australia

I remember the last day in Poland very well. It was 31 July, someone drove us to Vienna, I remember the beautiful mown fields, the smell of a true summer, I remember that I was looking through the back window thinking that this might be the last time that I see these Polish fields and feel this smell, fortunately, this was not the case. I remember the first day in Australia perfectly, because when we left the plane, it was still quite a warm day, but suddenly everything turned out to be different. Different light, different smell, everything was basically very foreign. I realised that I had no one there, that I didn't know the language, that I didn't have any family, friends, I couldn't imagine, for example, that one day I could bump on the street on someone that I knew. I was looking through the windows in people's houses and I imagined that there were families sitting inside, that had normal lives, that they were cooking lunch and talking. The beginning was unbelievably hard, because you come to a country with only one suitcase and I think that we had exactly ninety-eight dollars. But they were American dollars, and the Australian dollar was stronger then. It wasn't very cheerful. So the beginning is always very lonely. Incredibly lonely, you feel extremely alone. Back then in Poland, the martial law had been already introduced, so there was no contact with the family as well, and... my brother was interned and the letters were censored, you couldn't make any phone calls, so the loneliness was unbelievable. So after a dozen of days spent crying, I decided that I needed to bring myself to action, head to the city and try to arrange my life somehow.

Dobrowolska 3mini
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A divine role, the beginnings of a career in a new country
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A divine role, the beginnings of a career in a new country

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A visit to free Poland
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A visit to free Poland

Dobrowolska 5mini
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Emigration as a test of oneself
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„I had to leave everything and save it to the memory”
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Encrypted letters from Poland
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„My Polishness will always remain a part of me”
Dobrowolska 9mini
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„My Polishness will always remain a part of me”