BIG PLANS FOR 'TALKIES'
Cinesound's New Productions
Consequent upon reports brought by Mr. Stuart Doyle from England and America, the directors of Cine sound Productions Ltd., in determin
ing the company's future policy, has decided to embark upon a system of intensive production on a continuous scale. The directors feel that it is the re sponsibility of Cinesound as the pioneer organisation, to continue the production of Australian pictures on a permanent basis. The company in tends to produce between five and six feature productions annually for Aus tralian and world distribution, and next year they will introduce a second unit, for the production of outdoor pictures. Fifty-two Cinesound reviews will be produced annually, and items of international interest will be taken under contract with the Pathe Gazette in London, the U.F.A Film Trust in Germany, Pathe Freres Paris, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the United States of America. Cinesound will endeavour to build up Australian players to the rank of stardom, as they show promise, and will from time to time arrange for these stars to appear in films made overseas. Miss Shirley Ann Rlchards is the first to be signed up on a term contract, following the remarkable work done by her in 'It Isn't Done.' MARKET ESTABLISHED Mr. Doyle, having established a definite market in England for Cine sound pictures, the basis of produc tion will be estimated on 40 per cent of the production cost being returned from England and 60 per cent earned in Australia and New Zealand a small proportion of the cost mav be secured from foreign countries but no revenue is expected from the United States, where Australian pic tures are not in favour. Cinesound has set up in England its own marketing, publicity, and cut ting organisation. The basis of pro duction in future will be that two weeks will be devoted to preparation six weeks to actual shooting, and two weeks to cutting and editing, thus en abling a continuous schedule to be kept up. The directors are of opinion that no efficient organisation can be built up in Australian picture produc tion unless those employed are given permanent work, which only con tinuous production ensures.
SCHEDULE OF PRODUCTION The 1936-37 schedule of production is as follows:— 'Orphan of the Wilder ness,' directed by Ken Hall, and fea turing Gwen Munro, Brian Abbot Joe Valli, Harry Abdy, Ron Whelan and "Chut," the boxing kangaroo. This picture is completed, and will be re leased at Christmas in Sydney, Bris bane, and Melbourne. 'It Isn't Done' directed by Ken Hall, is a sophisti cated comedy-romance, part produced in England and Australia, featuring Cecil Kellaway, Shirley Ann Rich ards, John Longden, Frank Harvey Campbell Copeland, and Harvey Adams, and is now on the floor at the No. 1 studio, where shooting is just concluding. 'Tall Timber,' from an original screen play by Captain Frank Hurley, starts production on January 1, for release at Easter, other pictures are Bolderwood's 'Robbery Under Arms,' with an imported star 'Pearl of Great Price,' a colourful pearling story, and 'Yellow Sands.' a thrilling story of Australian sport and manhood. The company's studio plant now consists of six sound-recording chan nels and six re-recording sound chan nels, the latest rear process projector for registering background and the latest studio light equipment, making half a million candle-power available for studio use; also 22 cameras amongst which are the most modern used in studio technique.