Month: August 2013

Bill Collins’ 10 favourite films to celebrate 50 years as film critic

As part of the celebration of 50 years as a film critic, Bill Collins has revealed his 10 favourite movies.
(Note that he originally listed his 10 favourite films back in a publication in 1977.  That list of films can be found here

Below are his 10 favourite films as revealed in 2013.

10.  Waterloo Bridge
9.  Brief Encounter
8.  The Picture of Dorian Gray
7.  The Razor’s Edge
6.  One For The Book  (aka The Voice of the Turtle)
5.  All About Eve
4.  Vertigo
3.  The Wizard of Oz
2.  The Band Wagon
1.  Gone With The Wind

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The complete list of Australian talkie films from 1930-1937

From ‘The Western Australian’ of 1938, a complete list of Australian ‘talkie’ films from 1930-1937.

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‘Rangle River’ (screen capture from aso.gov.au)

The first Australian talkie was made in 1930 and the complete list is as follows (those shown in Perth being marked with an *)

1930.
“Show-Girl’s Luck” (produced by Norman Dawn). Played one week at Arcadia Theatre, Sydney. No record thereafter.

1931.
*”Diggers” (produced by Efftee). Released at Plaza Theatre, November 14.1931.

“Co-respondent’s Course” (produced by Efftee). Released at Plaza Theatre, November 14. Subsequently withdrawn from distribution.

*”Haunted Barn” (produced by Efftee). Released at Rialto Theatre, Sydney, Dec 16.

“Spur of the Moment” (produced byA. R. Harwood). Screened at Melbourne Palace.

“Isle of Intrigue” (produced by A R.Harwood). Screened at Melbourne Palace.

1932.
“The Sentimental Bloke” (produced by Efftee). Commenced in 1931, completed early 1932, and released at Sydney Capitol,  June 11, 1932. Distributed by Universal.

*”On Our Selection” (produced in Cinesound). Commenced in 1931, completed June, 1932, and released at Sydney Capitol, August 13, 1932. Distributed by British Empire Films, Ltd.

*”His Boyal Highness” (produced by Efftee). Commenced and completed in 1932, and released at Capitol, Sydney, November 19, 1932. Distributed by Universal.

1933.
*”In the Wake of the Bounty” (produced by Charles Chauvel). Commenced about March, 1932, completed February,1933 and released at Prince Edward Theatre about March 18. Distributed by Universal.

*”Harmony Row” (produced by Efftee).Commenced December, 1932, completed February, 1933, released at Sydney Capitol Theatre, April 8, 1933. Distributed by Universal.

*”Diggers in Blighty” (produced by Pat Hanna). Commenced November, 1932, completed February, 1933, and released at Capitol Theatre, April 8, 1933. Distributed by Universal

*”The Squatter’s Daughter” (produced by Cinesound). Commenced January,1933, completed August, 1933 and released at Civic Theatre, October 1, 1933. Distributed by British Empire Films.

*”The Hayseeds” (produced by Beaumont Smith). Commenced about August,1933, completed November, 1933, and released at Civic, Sydney, December 3, 1933. Distributed by British Empire Films.

1934.
“Two Minutes’ Silence” (produced by McDonagh Sisters). Commenced in 1932, completed in 1933, and released at Sydney Civic, January 29, 1934. Distributed by Universal.

*”Waltzing Matilda” (produced by Pat Hanna). Commenced about July. 1933, completed about November, 1933, and released at Civic, Sydney, February 12,1934. Distributed by Universal.

“Secret of the Skies” (produced by A.R. Harwood). Completed some time in 1933, and released at Australia and Arcadia theatres, Sydney, February, 1934. Distributed by Universal.

*”The Silence of Dean Maitland” (Produced by Cinesound). Commented November, 1933, completed, April, 1934, and released at Sydney State, May 22, 1934. Distributed by British Empire Films.

*”Cinesound Varieties” (Produced by Cinesound). Commenced February, 1934. Completed April, 1934, and released at State Theatre, May 22, 1934. Distributed by British Empire Films.

*”A Ticket in Tatts” (Produced by Efftee). Commenced January, 1934, completed March, 1934 and released at Sydney Civic, April 15. 1934. Distributed by Universal.

‘”When the Kellys Rode” (Produced and directed by Harry Southwell). Commenced January, 1934, completed April.1934. Banned by police and never released in N.S.W., although distributed in some other States by British Empire Films.

*”The Man They Couldn’t Hang” (Produced by J. A. Lipman). Commenced February, 1934, completed April, 1934 and released at Sydney Civic, May 27, 1934.  Distributed by British Empire Films.

*”The Old Bus” (Produced by W. J.Percival). Commenced about November.1933, completed June or July, 1934, and released at Sydney Liberty, August 7. Distributed by Universal.

*”Strike Me Lucky” (Produced by Cinesound). Commenced July or August 1934, completed October, 1934, and released at Capitol, Sydney, November 11, 1934. Distributed by British EmpireFilms.

*”Splendid Fellows” (Produced by Beaumont Smith). Commenced June or July, 1934, completed October, 1934, and released at Lyceum, November 12, 1934. Distributed by British Empire Films.

“Clara Gibbings” (Produced by Efftee).Commenced April, 1934, completed June or July, 1934, first released in Melbourne in 1934.

“Streets of London” (Produced by Efftee). Completed in Melbourne during the latter half of 1934, and released in Melbourne in conjunction with “Clara Gibbings.”

1935.
“Grand-dad Rudd” (produced by Cinesound). Commenced September, 1934,completed December, 1934. Distributed byBritish Empire Films.

“The Burgomeister” (Harry Soutell production).

“Heritage” (produced by Charles Chauvel). Screened at Sydney Lyceum in April Released by Universal.

1936  (First Year of N.S.W. Quota).

“*Thoroughbred” (produced by Cinesound). Screened in May at Sydney Lyceum. Released by Associated-B.E.

“”White Death” (produced by Zane Grey). Screened in November at Sydney Mayfair. Released by Associated-B~F.

*”Uncivilised” (Produced by Charles Chauvel for Expeditionary Films). Screened in September at Sydney Embassy. Released by Universal.

*”The Flying Doctor” (Produced by National Productions). Screened at Sydney Lyceum, in September. Released by Fox-G.B.D.

“Rangle River” (produced by Columbia-National Productions). Screened December, at Sydney Plaza. Released by Columbia.

*”Orphan of the Wilderness” (produced by Cinesound). Screened- at SydneyLyceum, in December. Released by Associated-B.E.

1937.
”It Isn’t Done” (produced by Cinesound). Screened at Sydney Embassy in March. Released by Associated-B.A.F

”Mystery Island” (produced by Commonwealth Film Laboratories Production Department). Screened at Sydney Prince Edward, in March. Released by Paramount.

*”Tall Timbers” (produced by Cinesound. Premiered at Brisbane Tivoli in August. Released by Associated-B.E.P)

“Lovers and Luggers” (Produced by Cinesound). Completed and dates yet to be set. For release by Associated-B.RP.

“The Broken Melody” (produced by Cinesound). Completed and dates yet to be set. For release by Associated-B.E.F.

“The Avenger” (New Era film, produced by A. R. Harwood). Completed and now being readied for preview.

“Typhoon Treasure” (Commonwealth Film Laboratories Production Department-Noel Monkman production). In production and expected to be completed soon.

“Phantom Gold” (Kathner-Tolhurst production). Released Sydney Cameo.

MIFF 2013 Audience Awards

Below is the top 10 Audience awards for Best Feature, and Best Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival for 2013.
The list was provided by MIFF on 14 August 2013.

Best Feature
1. The Rocket
2. The Past
3. The Broken Circle Breakdown
4. Wadjda
5. Approved for Adoption
6. The Patience Stone
7. Blancanieves
8. A Hijacking
9. Touch of the Light
10. Omar

Best Documentary
1. The Crash Reel
2. Valentine Road
3. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
4. In Bob We Trust
5. Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust
6. Lygon Street – Si Parla Italiano
7. The Punk Singer
8. The Sunnyboy
9. Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer
10. Village at the End of the World

TV Icon Pete Smith’s 5 favourite films.

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Pete Smith is an icon on Australian TV.
Radio and TV voice-over artist, he has been associated with Channel 9 since 1963.
On DialMForMovies he joined us in the studio to reveal what his 5 favourite films are,  as well telling us wonderful  stories of old cinema (including Boris Karloff and Orson Welles).
Our interview begins at the 27minute mark.