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Buffalo Bill (LOUIS CALHERN) gives Annie Oakley (BETTY HUTTON) something to think about in "Annie Get Your Gun." Sitting Bull (J. CARROL NAISH) looks on.
SOMETHING NEW IN
TWO YOUNG Australian film-makers will make "" their first feature film in Sydney next year, and it promises to be something quite new. in local films.
IT is called "Saturday to Mon * day," and it is the story of two escaped prisoners who seize control of Fort Denison and hold Sydney to ransom with a three inch heavy A.A. gun installed
The entire film will be shot on location at Fort Denison and other
points about the city. _ There will
not be one studio scene in the whole picture.
The makers of the film (writers, producers, and directors) will be Lee Robinson and Inman Hunter, both of them employees of the Films Division of the Department of the Interior., *
Hunter first came to Australia from England (where he had already had 13 years' experience as a sound technician and film editor) in 1945, as editor for Ealing's "The Overlanders."
It was as he was sailing into Sydney Harbour for the first time that the idea for this film was first bom: he noticed the old convict built fort in the middle of the harbour and remarked that it would be a perfect location for a film.
He still had this idea in his mind when he settled in Australia per- manently and found himself work- ing with Lee Robinson at the D.O.I.
Robinson mentioned his experi- ences as an anti-aircraft gunner on "Pinchgut" in the early days of the war, and from 'that combination of ideas the two sat down and worked out a story.
Just about 12 months ago they finished their story. Since then they have spent nearly every minute of their spare time in working out production details and looking for hackers to finance the film.
. . .
XTOW local businessman William
.J-^ Becker has promised to foot
the bill for the greater part of the cost, and Hunter and Robinson,
who call themselves "One World Film Productions," plan to start shooting next February.
The filming will be finished, they hope, within 12 weeks.
After "Saturday to Monday" they have three more Australian subjects lined up.
The next will be a "regional drama" set against the background of the Thursday Island pearling industry.
After that would come a film set in the snow country around Kos- ciusko and another with a Wool- loomooloo background.
Hunter is 35, Robinson 27.
"But between the two of us our experience adds up ot 24 years in the film business," Robinson points out. "And even some of the top world directors can't boast of any more than that."