form y Australia's Own single work   film/TV  
Issue Details: First known date: 1918 1918
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'The marvellous plantations, the natives, the magnificent bird life, are all shown in a remarkably clear picture, the interest in the hour's travel being sustained by a romance set in the Island. Miss Nellie Romer makes a happy little heroine in the wild surroundings, and Mr. Garry Gordon plays the young Australian officer, who goes from Australia, at his dying uncle's request, to develop the great oil wells the old man has discovered. Mr. J.E. Ward plays the part of the villainous German, who ill-treats natives, and attempts the life of the young officer in an attempt to jump his claim, but finally meets his own death at the hands of a native, whom he has ill-used.'

Source:

'Australia's Own: Film of New Guinea', Evening News, 18 December 1918, p.8. (Via Trove Australia)

Notes

  • The film has two primary purposes: to showcase the flora and fauna of New Guinea and to make a case for New Guinea (formerly German territory) to be handed over to Australia as part of the post-war division of German resources. The plot is largely extraneous (as indicated by the fact that there are only three main cast members, one of whom was also director and script-writer).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      Australia,
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      1918 .
      Description: Silent film; black-and-white

Works about this Work

'No More Pictures of New Guinea' : Story of an Australian Film Producer Who Met Red Tape and Missions in the East 1918 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Times , 22 December 1918; (p. 6)
J.E. Ward talks about difficulties in making his film Australia's Own, filmed in New Guinea.
'No More Pictures of New Guinea' : Story of an Australian Film Producer Who Met Red Tape and Missions in the East 1918 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Times , 22 December 1918; (p. 6)
J.E. Ward talks about difficulties in making his film Australia's Own, filmed in New Guinea.
Last amended 11 Jul 2014 15:43:47
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  • c
    Papua New Guinea,
    c
    Pacific Region,
  • ca. 1918
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