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'On the Set of "Two Minutes' Silence" ': Source: Fairfax Corporation Collection, NLA
form y separately published work icon Two Minutes' Silence single work   film/TV   war literature  
Adaptation of Two Minutes' Silence : A Play Leslie Haylen , 1933 single work drama
Issue Details: First known date: 1933... 1933 Two Minutes' Silence
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On Armistic Day, four people gather in General Gresham's living room for the two minutes' silence. As the two minutes pass, each of the four remember their own experiences of World War I.

General Gresham recalls making a blunder that cost his men their lives.

His grandchildren's French governess, Marie, remembers her lover Pierre's rejection of her, when he returned from the war to find that she had had a child, after being raped by a German officer.

His charwoman, Mrs Trott, thinks of when she heard that her son had been killed in action.

His butler James remembers his years of homelessness on the Thames embankment, during which period he witness the suicide of an ex-soldier.

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Notes

  • The McDonagh sisters bought the films rights to Haylen's play while it was still running at the Community Playhouse in 1930.
  • Sources indicate that Haylen adapted his own play for the screen.
  • The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) have a sequence of still photographs from this production available to view on their Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nfsa/sets/72157624168547409/

    Sighted: 4/7/2013

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Works about this Work

When Three Dashing Sisters Made A Movie Lorraine Hickman , 1971 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Women's Weekly , 21 April (p. 4-5)
Film Reviews : Two Minutes' Silence 1934 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5 February no. 29981 1934; (p. 6)

— Review of Two Minutes' Silence Leslie Haylen , 1933 single work film/TV
Australian Film. Two Minutes' Silence 1933 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 October 1933; (p. 2)

— Review of Two Minutes' Silence Leslie Haylen , 1933 single work film/TV
Australian Film. Two Minutes' Silence 1933 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 October 1933; (p. 2)

— Review of Two Minutes' Silence Leslie Haylen , 1933 single work film/TV
Film Reviews : Two Minutes' Silence 1934 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5 February no. 29981 1934; (p. 6)

— Review of Two Minutes' Silence Leslie Haylen , 1933 single work film/TV
When Three Dashing Sisters Made A Movie Lorraine Hickman , 1971 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Women's Weekly , 21 April (p. 4-5)
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