Breaking the News

Breaking the News is a 1912 Australian melodrama film directed by W. J. Lincoln based on John Longstaff's 1887 painting of the same name.[3]

Breaking the News
Original painting
Directed byW. J. Lincoln
Produced byWilliam Gibson
Millard Johnson
John Tait
Nevin Tait
Written byW. J. Lincoln
Based onthe painting by Sir John Longstaff
StarringHarrie Ireland
Arthur Styan
CinematographyOrrie Perry
Release date
16 March 1912 (Melbourne)[1]
Running time
4,000 feet[2]
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles

It is considered a lost film.


A prospector looks for a wife to live with him and eventually gets married. While he is in town, the mine floods and miners need to be rescued. The main scenes were:

  • mining machinations;
  • a woman's sacrifice;
  • a man's desperation and love;
  • a father's sad mistake
  • man's sure revenge.[4]


  • Harrie Ireland[5]
  • Arthur Styan


The film was shot at Diamond Creek, near Melbourne.[6]


The movie was a popular success with critics drawing particular attention to a scene of an underground mine being flooded.[7]


  1. Mary Bateman, 'W. J. Lincoln', Cinema Papers, June–July 1980 p 214
  2. "GRAND EMPIRE THEATRE". Daily Post (Hobart, Tas. : 1908 - 1918). Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 6 June 1912. p. 7. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  3. "ACADEMY OF MUSIC". The Examiner. Launceston, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 29 May 1912. p. 6 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  4. "Advertising". The Mercury. Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 5 June 1912. p. 6. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  5. "GRAND EMPIRE THEATRE". The Mercury. Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 7 June 1912. p. 3. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  6. Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, p32
  7. Graham Shirley and Brian Adams, Australian Cinema: The First Eighty Years, Currency Press, 1989, p42

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