A tale of romance, jealousy, temptation and redemption!
With the help of charming, rhyming vernacular intertitles we follow the story of Bill ‘The Kid’, a larrikin (Australian term meaning “uncultivated, rowdy but good-hearted person”) who cleans up his act when the beautiful Doreen enters his life. The much-loved Australian film star Lottie Lyell plays Doreen, and also holds screenplay, art direction, editing and production assistant credits.
The film was a huge box office hit with audiences at the time, prized for its vivid characterisation, heartfelt and sympathetic storytelling, and the humour and realism with which it portrays the working-class setting. We are honoured to present the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s new, 100th-anniversary restoration, just after its world premiere at a gala outdoor screening in Sydney this February.
Dir. Raymond Longford | Australia | 1919 | N/C U | 1h 39m
With: Arthur Tauchert, Lottie Lyell
Performing live: Meg Morley (piano)
With an introduction by Dr Stephen Morgan, Co-programmer, London Australian Film Society and Festival
Presented by the National Film and Sound Archive’s digital restoration program – NFSA Restores – reviving Australia’s cinema icons.