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Women of the Silent Era: Virgins, Vamps and Heroines

Marilyn Dooley, NFSA, 1997

The images begin with a short imagined narrative made as a silent film which represents Australian women in sporting, physical and recreational activities. This is followed by scenes and extracts from some of Australia's few remaining silent feature films.

Brief excerpts from:

Melbourne Cup, 1896

Derby Day, 1896

Hobart Carnival, c. 1910

WA Centenary, 1929

[schoolgirls gym exercises - no date]

Home movies 1920s: women playing croquet, tennis, golf

Kilkundra [Kilcunda]-Wanthaggi Picnic c. 1915

Australasian Films Union Theatres Picnic 1926

ladies cycling c. 1903

the first official ladies cycling race [no place, date]

advertorial for Nautilus corsets

search for Miss Australia - Beryl Mills, WA

Annette Kellerman, 1914

Bioscope, 1908 - Annette Kellerman

Kenny's Baths, St Kilda, c. 1917

Bondi Surf Club, 1926

Girl of the Bush, A (Franklyn Barrett, 1921) Barrett's Australian Productions - the first of three for this company; Vera James, Jack Martin, Herbert Linden; the second of the only two films directed by Franklyn Barrett that still exist, thanks to the NFSA; 6000ft

Five Of Hearts, The (E. J. Cole, 1911) aka A Maiden's Distress, aka Buffalo Bill's Love Story; Pathe Freres; E J Cole's Bohemian Dramatic Company; this Western was presented by Empire Pictures at the Town Hall, Perth [WA], on 10 May 1911

Joan of Arc Of Loos, The (George Willoughby, 1916) dp Franklyn Barrett; Jane King, Jean Robertson, Clive Farnham; shot Tamarama Beach, Sydney; war story

Woman Suffers, The (Raymond Longford, 1918) ... While the Man Goes Free; Lottie Lyell, Boyd Irwin, Roland Conway, Connie Martyn

Breaking of the Drought, The (Franklyn Barrett, 1920) Trilby Clark, Dunstan Webb, Charles Beetham, Marie La Varre; 6 reels; NFSA restoration

Sunshine Sally (Lawson Harris, 1922) aka Winnie of Woolloomooloo; Production Company: Austral Super Films. Producer: Lawson Harris, Yvonne Pavis. Screenplay, Scenario, Script: John Cosgrove. Photography: Arthur Higgins. Assistant Director: Clyde Marsh. 5000 ft. Cast: Yvonne Pavis (Sal), Joy Revelle (Tottie Faye), John Cosgrove (Spud Murphy), Dinks Patterson (Skinny Smith), Mrs Hutton (Katie Smith), J P O'Neill (Bill Smith), Sheila Moore (Mrs Constance Stanton), Lionel Lunn (Basil Stanton), Mervyn Barrington (James Stanton), Maude Ranier (Salvation Army woman). "Sal is rescued from the surf at Coogee by a bronzed lifesaver, Basil Stanton, and is taken to his wealthy Potts Point home to recuperate." (Pike & Cooper)

Jewelled Nights (Louise Lovely, Wilton Welch, 1925)

Painted Daughters (F. Stuart-Whyte, 1925)

Those who Love (P. J. Ramster, Paulette McDonagh, 1926) prod. Paulette McDonagh, prod. manager & art dir. Phyllis McDonagh; Marie Lorraine [Isabel McDonagh]

Far Paradise, The (Paulette McDonagh, 1928)

The Cheaters (Paulette McDonagh, 1930) wr. Paulette McDonagh; Marie Lorraine [Isabel McDonagh], Josef Bambach, Arthur Greenaway; made firstly as a silent, with some sound added later


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