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REPORT ON FILM COMPETITION
CA N BIRdIUtA, Wednesday. The Australian film, "Heritage" Is described by adjudicators In the 1931 Commonwealth film competition as a constructive effort in Austrahan film development, both in its selection of local material and in its presentation. The report of the adjudicators, Mr. I. G. Mackay (chairman), Miss B. Tildesley, and Mr. K. Wilkinson, was issued to-day by the Minister of Cus toms ('Mr. White). Dealing with "Heritage," which gained the first prize, the report stated that it showed fine pictorial quality and excellent camera work. The large theme had been skilfully handled so that the effect was Inspir ing, and the wealth of material was not felt to be redundant. There were, however, patent weak nesses in the acting, and the dialogue was often stilted, both in composi tlion and in utterance. "The Silence of Dean Maitland." which won the second prize, had well acted passages of strong drama. The continuity was workmanlike, music was judiciously used, and some of the outdoor scenes were very pleasant. The story was its weakest point, be cause of the old-fashioned melodrama, bristling with Improbabilities and often over-sentimental.
In "Clara Gibbings," the third prize winner, there was a certain sparkle in dialogue. Th? acting was amusing and competent, but the story was taken from an English play without adequate adaptation, and the English atmosphere was not completely real ised. Generally, apart from the prize winners, the films did not show' the advance in production and selection of material hoped for. Scenarios "A loose definition of the term "scenarin" resulted in a large but generally poor quality, entry for the 1934 film scenario competition," said Professor Cowling, adjudicator of the competition. Professor Cowling re commended that if another competi tlion is arranged by the Common wealth a definition of the term "seen ario" should he set out. If a rigid definition was made the number of entries would be greatly reduced, but all entries would be worthy of con sideration. In the 1934 competition there were 240 entries, but only 21 were of high standard. Another re commendation was that in any future competition it should be stipulated that winning scenarios would be con sidercd for production.