Eureka Stockade (Harry Watt, 1949) Ealing Studios, prod. Michael Balcon, assoc. prod. Leslie Norman, wr. Harry Watt, Greenwood & Ralph Smart, dp George Heath; Chips Rafferty (Peter Lalor), Jane Barrett, Jack Lambert, Peter Illing, Gordon Jackson, Peter Finch, Reg Lye; events of 1854; 102 min.
Watt's pursuit of the greys and mediocrities of historical truth was undermined by compromises during the arduous physical difficulties of the production, and above all by the miscasting of Chips Rafferty in the role of Lalor. ... The part required subtleties that were beyond Rafferty's range as an actor, and although Watt tried to work his way around the problem, he could not entirely avoid a weak centre to his story. The film finally emerged as an offbeat action movie, with its dramatic highlights lying not in statements about independence and freedom, but in violent fight scenes. Pike & Cooper: 207
There is another film by this title, and other films on the same subject:
Stockade (Ross McGregor, 1971) prod. Hans Pomeranz for Spectrum Films, wr. Kenneth Cook, dp Jack Bellamy; Graham Corry, Michelle Fawdon (Elizabeth Green), Rod Mullinar (Peter Lalor), Michael Caton; began as a musical play detailing, with reasonable historical accuracy, the events at the Eureka Stockade when rebellious miners fought against government regulation of the goldfields in Ballarat in 1854; 90 min.
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