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W0T10N PICTURE JOYS.

ME,. BOY REDGRAVE'S EXPERIENCES.

Mr. Roy Redgrave, leading man of the' William Anderson ' Dramatic Company. at the Theatre Royal, has . had. -an : exerting time since, he last appeared in Adelaide. 'When I left Mr, Andersoni' .said. .Mr. Redjrrave, in the course of a chat -with- a representative of 'The Mail' on Thnrs day,- 'I went into vaudeville as. a .sketch artist; but like a good many AtberB I found : that 'it mt^ant too much work arid too much idleness. Of cbiirse.. the-rnqney is jrood, 'bat one loses too ; much time. , I went back into drama again' after' a while, but as the compaty I .was associated jwith went on a Ions tour of 'the'.backblocfcsrl decided to becctaie a motion picture. actor.. I had heard that it. was not .^uich', of 4. profession, and I found, it so, especially

where! .was concerned, as the, .pictures wer*- taken' up in North Queenslana. AM. what a time I had. I had to drive four-: in-hand coaches, down hills; slide. ?down - precipices, drive motor cars; and '^.^fidB. horses. Although I am not theTK^vest of actors I did not object to ' risking -toy. life .so . much as . I did. spouinR several' suits of clothes. At tlie salary I'w3e-*ft-; ceiving I decided it was' better- to be; out of work than -be a motion Dictnre aptor; in Queensland, £p when ' Mr. Aidersoii wired me to re join him it did ' not ; take me lbni; * to make' up 'my 'mind 'about 'It.- Yet 1 bad -a very pleasant time ron i&e whole-,' 3fa \-lueensland, as i£ ^^b:' -wry: healthy 1ifa*if you have a. Dig Srafdrobe yon want to have torn to nbbons :.by sliding down hills and rocks. Two of ^he best pictnres in which I essayed principal parts were' entitled 'He Girl -iad tfie Gaaim' aad 'Ob! .What **&&& '!&£?- '-? '?' . ? '' - ' ?-??.'*;.'? .'-*^ -*??-'',.

injj of picnics reminds me that -when ;I was produdHK 'The Christian' for - pic fure, Mrs. Anderson, who. wa3 playing XO&ptzr ? Quayle, ' with her usual generosity, gave all the' company a picnic at Won derland .Gty,' jBondi, where the principal ecertes were enacted. Unfortunately the artiste wanted to- have lunch before, we began work. As Sirs. Anderson's- lunch' ?was -fit for a regal^party. I managed to per sdade' tbeai to; leave it alone, as I was ^afraid j of- 'the results. - Eventually we compronuEed. We commenced there and ifeik.-»ad 'finjsheii^siftet laijph. As the picture was not taken as played on the stage; but joined together, afterwatds in proper .order; the Tnost critical could not telj. which-' past .was enacted before or af ?teT luncheon, as I took good care to. have '£h/e liKht^1 scenes after. I had a very strenuous time producing this picture, as

I had also. to play John Storm, the while I Tvas telling the members who were act-, ing in the scenes what to do. All the time I was doing this I thought that when ''^The, Christian' was thrown upon the white' screen John Storm would be mis taken for a ventriloquist. It turned out - to the satisfaction of all concerned, al though the .operator forgot to put his spool in after lunch, and it had to be ta ken again. As yet 1 have not seen, the Queensland pictnres, but. am looking for ward. .to.' them with interest. ' Acting on the stajre and -aeiinfr '^. { or pictures are TJHj'hty.Jjff»ent things. Everything has to be* cut snort -wi|rh the latter. Pantominia la abspkoteTy fetecntial. There, must be plenty of gesticulation, eye-play, act! by play. That is wiy£b many actors fail be fore the camera. Thcj-'t&ink when on the stage ; that if another character had a fair ly long speech, that they have only to wait for- him to finish- his say before they do anything. It -jnite -escapes them that a character 'does :not stand perfectly still aft-' the .time ah-other character is talking. While a character is.ic sight of the au dience it is in their mind. I remember on one -Occasion -a -company of artists were portraying «. silent drama with the idea that it did not matter what they said. Gonsetjuently they said all manner of thipBE. 'Strange as it may seem, the pic ture was shown at a deaf and dumb insti tution, with the result that the entire audience -got up and -walked out of the hall.. They could not stand the strong language.'

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