The Exploits of the Emden

Exploits Of The Emden, The (Ken G. Hall, 1928) First National Pictures, prod. wr. ed. Ken G. Hall, dp Claude C. Carter, asspro Victor Bindley; dramatised history: reconstruction of the battle Sydney vs Emden which the latter lost, 9 November 1914

Hall recut and added to a German film, Unsere Emden (Louis Ralph, 1926) to make this reconstruction of its battle with HMAS Sydney - which resulted in the Emden being beached - with the full cooperation of the RAN.

The National Film and Sound Archive (Screensound) has a copy of this film, but does not advertise it nor make it easily available to buy on DVD.

Having written, produced and directed the new sequences for about half the Emden film, all I had to do was edit it, write subtitles, cut them in and then merge the whole with the German sequences we had retained. Everything to do with Sydney was new, expanded footage. With that done and the work-print at the laboratory for negative matching, my major remaining chore was to get back to the job I was really paid for and create the Australia-wide publicity and advertising campaign to sell the film to the theatres and the public. Ken G. Hall, Australian Flm: The Inside Story, Summit Books, Sydney, 1980: 37.


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