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ENGLISH CO-OPERATION. Production Unit Arrives Today,
Three members of the GaumontBri tish Picture Corporation production unit, which is to make the film 'The Flying Doctor' at the National Studios, Page
wood, near Sydney, early in the new year, for distribution throughout Aus tralia and overseas, will arrive at Fre mantle by the Strathnaver this morning. They are ?-rr. Miles Mander, the well known English author, actor and direc tor, who will direct the picture; Captain J. O. C. Orton, who will be in charge of the scenario department; and Mr. T. W. Connochie, who will act as unit pro duction manager. They will later on be joined by Mr. Derek Williams, the light ing and camera expert,' who will reach Fremantle on the Moldavia on November 18. The. arrival of this unit signifies Aus tralian participation in a significant de velopment in the international film field. The Gaumont-British Corporation, which has grown into one of the biggest production companies, is out to put the British Empire on the cinema map of the world, and to this end will co-operate next year in the production of 'The Fly ing Doctor' in Australia, 'Soldiers Three In India, and 'The Barrier' in the Rocky Mountains of Canada. For 'The Flying Doctor,' as for the other films, well known atars will be engaged. Mr. Michael Balcon, director of productions for Gau mont-British-Gainsborough, and one of the highest paid men in the British in dustry, who is shortly visiting Hollywood, will be in touch by cable with the pro duction unit in Sydney, and it is the in tention of the producing company to make star arrangements with him direct. If possible, Australian actors will be se
Mr. ALAN J. WILLIAMSON.
Mr. ALAN J. WILLIAMSON.
lected. At the very least the production will cost more than £20,000. The cOmr pany, National Productions, Ltd., with a registered capital of £50,000, whose direc tors are Sir Hugh Denison, Sir Samuel Walder and Sir James Murdoch, with Mr. Fred Daniell as general manager, is pre pared to increase its finances if neces sary. Studios Near Sydney. This, and other information concern Ing the company's plans, was divulged yesterday by Mr. Alan Williamson, direct Australian representative of the Gau mont-Britlsh Film Corporation, who reached Perth yesterday in order to wel come today's three arrivals. He said that the Pagewood studios, eight miles out of Sydney, were now complete in every way, having been equipped under the super vision of Mr. Leslie Fry, the Gaumont British engineer specially sent out for that purpose four months ago. With wide range recording, the studio was a replica of the largest studio erected by Gaumont British at Shepherd's Bush, London, and some 23 acres of ground were available for exterior sets. Mr. Charles Chauvel was shortly renting the studio for one of his own productions. ? . . . 'We shall spend a considerableMme pi*frin'uig^of 'pfbaaottonN&f^gfte^^iyMBr Doctor/ ' Mr. Williamson said, 'and may, not start shooting until early next year. The popular story by Robert Waldron, published by the New South Wales Book stall Co., has been liberally translated by Captain Orton on the way out. It is a good romance with a rather unique national hero, and will give us the oppor tunity of putting in a fair amount of station life, as well as modern city life. This subject will enable us to show the vastness of Australia in a way that should interest the outside world. Accuracy of detail is assured by the promised co operation of the Australian Aerial Medi cal Service. 'The Gaumont production unit cannot, ; of course, remain in Australia perman ently—indeed, they are all under con tract to return with six months; but it is the intention of the producing com pany gradually to develop its own tech nical unit, and in this connexion the visiting unit's guidance should be in valuable. In this first film they win have under them an Australian staff which has already had some training in film production.'