The Sick Stockrider

The Sick Stockrider (W. J. Lincoln, 1913) Lincoln-Cass Films, from the poem by Adam Lindsay Gordon, dp Maurice Bertel; George Bryant (the stockrider) Godfrey Cass (his mate) Roy Redgrave, Tom Cannam; 1200 ft

Lincoln-Cass Films was in existence only August-October 1913, falling victim to the Australasian Films combine.

According to the authority, Pike & Cooper (40-41), this is the earliest film to survive 'virtually complete': NFSA's copy runs for 14 min.

It's based on, and follows, and shows on intertitle cards, the poem of that name by Adam Lindsay Gordon. The story, such as it is, consists of the eponymous stockman lying dying, being attended to by his mate. In the poem he remembers various events from his mostly bucolic past, which are shown in a series of what we would now call flashbacks, tho perhaps at the time they were called tableaux. The staging and acting is perfunctory. To show a man being ‘ripped up’ by a ‘steer’, Lincoln has an acrobatic chap doing a somersault over the horns of an immobile docile bovine, which then wanders off in disinterest. I imagine the original screenings would have been accompanied by someone reading the poem aloud, lending a little more vivacity to the proceedings.

Garry Gillard | New: 23 December, 2012 | Now: 27 March, 2017