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The painting on which the film is based (via Wikimedia Commons)
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Issue Details: First known date: 1912... 1912 Breaking the News
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'"Breaking the News'' is the principal film. It is an exciting drama of goldfield life, founded on Mr. John Longstaff's famous painting of the same name. The scene depicting the flooded mine and the rescue of the imprisoned men is most realistic. The picture, which is entirely an Australian production, was loudly applauded at its conclusion.'


'Tivoli Theatre', Bendigo Advertiser, 3 April 1912, p.7. (Via Trove Australia)


  • Based on Sir John Longstaff's painting 'Breaking the News' (painted 1887), which depicts a young woman being told of her husband's death in a mining accident.

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