Public can't see
D.P. film yet
By F. KEITH MANZIE
MOST realistic, sincere and moving documen-
tary film yet made about Europe's displaced persons was screened privately in Melbourne yesterday.
IT is Melbourne pro- ducer R. Maslyn Wil- liams' "Mike and Stefani."
Unfortunately, no arrange- ments have yet been made for its release in Melbourne theatres.
It is to be hoped that any difficulties in showing it to the public will be satisfac- torily ironed out, as it is a notable piece of documentary comment.
Mr. Williams and one camera-man went into a
D.P. camp in Austria to re- cord a human document, made without aid of profes- sional player or rehearsal.
The graphic camera work
is a feature of this true story of two young Polish people and their baby tossed about by the impact of war.
They are eventually inter- viewed by an Australian Consul ( scene given in great detail), and are per- mitted to come to Australia to take up a new life, free
Mr. Williams used a wire recorder to capture the dia- logue for a courageous piece of filmcraft which presents a grim picture of the after- math of war and conditions in Europe.
The young couple whose bitter story is told in the film (typical of thousands of others) are now living hap- pily in New South Wales.