Australasian Cinema > producers > Stuart Doyle
The renewal of feature film production by Australasian after years of inactivity owed much to the personal initiative of Stuart Frank Doyle, then a managing director of both Union Theatres and Australasian Films. Doyle had had long experience in the film industry, particularly in publicity and theatre management. He started as a magician in touring variety shows, but found the life too precarious and joined a legal firm in Sydney. From there he was employed by J D Williams as treasurer of his theatre operations, and when Williams amalgamated his interests with Australasian and Union Theatres, Doyle also joined the new organisation and gradually moved up to a dominant position in the executive.
With his fellow company directors, including W A Gibson and Gordon Balcombe, Doyle committed Australasian to a huge production program in 1925, developing a new studio at Bondi, used after Painted Daughters as a substitute for the old Rushcutters Bay studio. Over £100,000 was spent on equipment and on a series of feature productions between 1925 and 1928. In 1932 Doyle again renewed feature film production with the foundation of Cinesound Productions. In 1937 he retired from the film industry and helped to pioneer the establishment of commercial radio in Australia, and later worked extensively in the aircraft manufacturing business. He died in Sydney in October 1945 at the age of 58. Pike & Cooper: 126-7.
See also: the Combine.
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