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The merits of mechanised farming are highlighted in- a new Australian agricultural film, 'Harvest Gold,' soon to be released by Caltex Oil (Australia) * Limited, a private screening in Sydney last week having held the interest fpr over an hour of a large audience which included the Premier of New South Wales (Mr. MeKell). ' As an example of the high standard that can be reached in Australian film production, 'Harvest Gold' is recom mended as a 'must' to be seen by every progressive farmer when it goes on tour of the country districts in the near future. It is highly entertaining and educational, and therein lies its value for, without interrupting the develop ment of an entirely credible and con vincing 'plot,' it nevertheless contrives to lead the audience through a series of scenes that describe with expert thoroughness and clarity every aspect of mechanical farming from the clear ing of the land to the harvesting of. several kinds of crop. The cast is well chosen and directed. ^ Joe Valli as the irascible and die-hard president of the local Shire Council, and Harry Abdy , as the exponent of modern methods, give memorable and convincing performances and are ably supported by Tal OrdelL, Bruce Deeby, Grace Lappin, Zoe Holland, Clifton Penny and many, others. At the conclusion of the film Mr. MeKell gave credit to Caltex Limited for the company's forward policy and to the producers of the film for the maintenance of a standard of excel lence which had recently been made abundantly evident in Australian film production. It was his hope that pro gressive farmers throughout Australia would make a real effort to get into town to see 'Harvest Gold' when it was exhibited in their district.