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HERITAGE THE BEST FILM

WINS £2500 PRIZE: BRISBANE GIRL HEROINE CANBERRA. March 7.

Awards totalling £5000 for the second Commonwealth film and scenario competitions were announced by the Minister for Customs (Mr.

White) to-day. They are: — Three best films:— First prize of £2500 'Heritage,' pro duced by Expeditionary Films, Ltd. Second prize of £1250 'The Silence of Dean Maitland,' produced by Cine sound Productions, Ltd.. Sydney. Third prize of £750, 'Clara Gib bings,' produced by Efftee Film Pro ductions, Melbourne. Sound film scenario containing Australian sentiment (£250): Messrs. Frederick Howard, of the 'Melbourne Herald' staff, and Hermon Gill, of Melbourne, for a scenario entitled 'Faithful Journey.'

'Death of Biddy O'Shca,' (Peggy Maguire). A Scent From 'Heritage.''

'Death of Biddy O'Shca,' (Peggy Maguire). A Scent From 'Heritage.''

Eest feature sound film scenario (£250): Messrs. Edgar Robin and James Gullan for a scenario entitled 'Vendetta,' a musical romance set in modern Corsica. Mr. White said that the conditions of the scenario competition provided that the entrants must be British sub jects, who had resided in the Com monwealth or its territories since July 1, 1933, and that the scenarios must have been written in the Com monwealth since that date. For the scenario competition 249 entries had been received, and the adjudicators (professor G. H. Cowling, Miss Irene Webb, and Mr. Frank Clewlow) had made the recommendations which he had adopted. CONSTRUCTIVE EFFORT The adjudicators in the film com petition — the appeal censor (General L G. Mackay), Miss Beatrice Til desley, and Mr. K. Wilkinson, in re commending that the first prize be awarded to 'Heritage,' said that this film comprised a constructive effort in Australian film development, showing fine pictorial quality and camera work. They also paid tribute to the high standards of the other two successfuf films. The conditions of the film competition included that the films should be produced in the Commonwealth, that 75 per cent of the scenes should be 'shot' in Aus tralia or its territories, and that the capital employed in the production of the films should be substantially British. It was also stipulated that approximately 50 per cent of the act ing and the work of production should be performed by British sub jects who had resided for the previ ous two years in Australia. The 11 films entered complied with these conditions.

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