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Notes on the Screen



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The guaranteed Australian market af- forded by the Film Quota Act of New South Wales and similar legislation now being framed by the Victorian Parlia- ment, as well as the alluring vista of over- sea distribution opened up by recent


negotiations be- tween Australian, European, and American distri- butors, is setting the wheels of Aus- tralian film produc- tion in motion with a vengeance. Five producing com-     panies have started

or are about to start work on nine feature-length pic- tures, for which titles have been determined and casts partly chosen;

oversea actors actresses technicians and scenarists are expected to arrive in the   Commonwealth in a few days and thou sands of pounds worth of studio equip ment has been landed in Sydney. The first quota picture which has been fin ished and given a private view in Sydney

is perhaps the least representative of     these nine films because it bears a Ger man name and has a European back ground. "The Burgomeister," produced by Film Players Corporation and made under the direction of Harry Southwell (who also plays the leading role) in Cine

sound's studios at Sydney, is heralded as    

a dramatic romance of Alsace Lorraine with haunting melodies, heart throbs, humour and action. This sounds mildly inviting but it would be unfair to expect anything more than a modest foretaste of the sweetmeats to come.

Eight Quota Films

More promising, certainly more national in character, are the other eight quota

films Here is the list:-  

Title. Producers. Director.   "Uncivilised" Expeditionary

Films Charles Chauvel "Thoroughbred" Cinesound Ken Hall   "Tall Timber" Cinesound Ken Hall "Robbery Under

Arms" Cinesound Ken Hall "Gold Dust and Cinesound Ken Hall

Ashes"       "The Flying

Doctor" Gaumont British Miles Mander "Typhoon        

Treasure" Noel Monkman   "Flame of Desire" World

Productions Ernest C. Rolls.  

Thal is an impressive beginning. Of the eight pictures. seven have Australian subjects, and the eighth, "Flame of De

sire," although a musical romance with a Ruritanian setting, is Australian by authorship. "Uncivilised," as mentioned in this column before, has for its theme life in the jungle fastnesses of Cape York Peninsula. Dennis Hoey, British film and stage actor, has been engaged to play the lead, with Margot Rhys, of "Herit- age" fame, in the principle feminine role. Chauvel, with a small expedition of camera-men and 20 tons of motion pic0    

ture equipment, is now taking scenes of aboriginal life on Palm Island, 40 miles from Townsville. Arrangements have been made with the Government of Queensland for a small contingent of aborigines to travel to Sydney to take part in the Interior scenes now being made at the new National Studios at Pagewood.

Helen Twelvetrees's £1,000 a Week

Dennis Hoey is not the only overseas actor coming to strengthen Australia's   small group of film players. Helen Twelvetrees, a Hollywood actress whose work is well known to Australian film

goers will arrive in Sydney in time for  


production to begin early next month on Cinesound's "Thoroughbred," a film which will ex- ploit the career of

the famous Austra- lian racehorse, Phar Lap. We have the authority of "Everyone's" for saying that Miss Twelvetrees will receive £ 1,000 a working week while she is making this picture, by far the highest salary ever

paid by the Australian film industry. Tlte film will cost £25, 000 to make, which would seem to put it well into the inter- national class. Australian names in the picture will be those of John Longden, Frank Leighton and Nellie Barnes, the young Melbourne soubrette who is such a brilliant success In "Ball at the Savoy"

at His Majesty's. The story of   Thoroughbred has been written by the American scenarist Edmund Seward whom Cinesound his brought from Holly wood to prepare the scripts for its pro

jected films.  

Australian Themes

Cinesound second picture listed for   early production, "Big Timber", will be based on a story by the Australian novel ist William Hatfield, author of "Sheep mates". A well known actor from Hollywood whose name has not been divulged will play the lead. The third picture will be Rolf Boldrewood's "Rob bery Under Arms," which has been in pre

paration for two years. An English actor   may be engaged to play the principal role. The fourth film, "Gold Dust and Ashes,"

which is now under consideration, will be   based on a story by the Australian author Ion Idress, who is also the author of "Flynn of the Inland," on which "The Flying Doctor," the projected Gaumont British film, will be based. There is a rumour that one of the players in "The Flying Doctor" will be Helen Vinsen, wife   of Fred Perry, the English tennis-player.