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Advertisement, The Tumut and Adelong Times, 24 December 1920, p.5
form y separately published work icon On Our Selection single work   film/TV  
Adaptation of On Our Selection! 'Steele Rudd' , 1899 selected work short story
Issue Details: First known date: 1920... 1920 On Our Selection
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Mostly humorous with occasional farcical moments, the film focuses on the Rudd family and their trials and tribulations living on the land. Murtagh Joseph Rudd, known as Dad, and his son Dave finish a bark hut on their newly established selection. The rest of the family arrive and get to work, clearing the land by hand and planting a first crop of corn. The challenges include wildlife in their beds and no money to buy a horse, but their hard work pays off. In a year or two, the Rudds have a working farm and a more comfortable home, thanks to the domestic labours of Mrs Rudd. A bushfire and several years of drought impoverish them, but they hold on against all adversity. When Kate Rudd returns from her job teaching in the city, she falls for an eligible young farmer, Sandy Taylor. Dave and his sister Sarah also find sweethearts, although Dad tries to shoot one of them. Kate's wedding allows all grudges to be forgotten.

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Notes

  • Based on the popular "Dad and Dave" series of stories by Steele Rudd (q.v.), first published in the Bulletin in 1895, this cinematic production stays closer to the original stories than many of the previous stage versions had.

  • Entries connected with this record have been sourced from on-going historical research into Australian-written music theatre and film being conducted by Dr Clay Djubal.

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Works about this Work

Two Remakes : Ideologies of Film Production 1919-1932 Susan Dermody , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Nellie Melba, Ginger Meggs and Friends : Essays in Australian Cultural History 1982; (p. 33-59)
Australian Feature Films : Towards a Local Cinema Andrew Pike , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 38 no. 2 1979; (p. 206-212)
Ten or More a Year Andrew Pike , 1975 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hemisphere , vol. 19 no. 3 1975; (p. 10-15)
Australia Was the Star Dorothy Strange , 1971 single work criticism
— Appears in: Walkabout , vol. 37 no. 11 1971; (p. 26-32)
Australia Once Made Films : Story of a Lost Industry Leslie James Blake , 1958 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 13 August vol. 79 no. 4096 1958; (p. 32,56)
Two Remakes : Ideologies of Film Production 1919-1932 Susan Dermody , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Nellie Melba, Ginger Meggs and Friends : Essays in Australian Cultural History 1982; (p. 33-59)
Ten or More a Year Andrew Pike , 1975 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hemisphere , vol. 19 no. 3 1975; (p. 10-15)
Australian Feature Films : Towards a Local Cinema Andrew Pike , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 38 no. 2 1979; (p. 206-212)
Australia Was the Star Dorothy Strange , 1971 single work criticism
— Appears in: Walkabout , vol. 37 no. 11 1971; (p. 26-32)
Australia Once Made Films : Story of a Lost Industry Leslie James Blake , 1958 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 13 August vol. 79 no. 4096 1958; (p. 32,56)
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