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Australian Silent Films

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Australian Silent Films

<p>The first feature film in the world was <em>The Story of the Kelly Gang</em> which was produced in Australia in 1906, following on from newsreels in the preceding decade at the Melbourne Cup, and

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The first feature film in the world was The Story of the Kelly Gang which was produced in Australia in 1906, following on from newsreels in the preceding decade at the Melbourne Cup, and the Federation ceremony at Centennial Park. The 1910s were a boom period with Australia one of the biggest movie producers in the world. But the decision to ban the popular bushranger genre films in 1912 was the beginning of the end, hastened by World War I limitations and the cheapness of American imports. By 1923 it was virtually over. But in the time they flourished, our silent films were as artistically successful as any in the world.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Earliest newsreels
  • The first feature film
  • Serials
  • Directors
  • Actors
  • Settings
  • Films
  • Women
  • Competition
  • Challenges
  • The Combine
  • The end
  • Legacy


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Outline the sequence of events of the rise and fall of the film industry in Australia.
  2. Describe some of the significant figures in Australian silent films, performers and creatives.
  3. Name some of the major films and film series that were produced.
  4. Discuss the quality of the films compared to others in the world at the same time.