Rip Van Winkle (1912 film)

Rip Van Winkle is a 1912 Australian feature-length film directed by W. J. Lincoln about Rip Van Winkle.[2] It was arguably Australia's first fantasy film.[3]

Rip Van Winkle
Directed byW. J. Lincoln
Produced byWilliam Gibson
Millard Johnson
John Tait
Nevin Tait
Based onstage adaptation by Joseph Jefferson and Dion Boucicault
of story by Washington Irving
StarringArthur Styan
CinematographyOrrie Perry
Production
company
Distributed byTait's Pictures
Release date
6 April 1912 (Melbourne)[1]
CountryAustralia
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles

It is considered a lost film.

Cast

Production

The film was made in the wake of a successful Australian season of Joseph Jefferson and Dion Boucicault's theatre adaptation of Washington Irving's story.[5]

One reviewer said that star Arthur Styan "has figured in several of the previous productions of the Amalgamated Pictures Ltd., and who makes quite a success of this."[6]

Assisting Lincoln was Sam Crews.[7]

Reception

The film appears not to have been widely released. The Bendigo Advertiser said that "the famous story is most effectively explained in the picture production."[8]

References

  1. Mary Bateman, 'W. J. Lincoln', Cinema Papers, June–July 1980 p 214
  2. "St. Kilda Theatre". The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 - 1930). Vic.: National Library of Australia. 20 April 1912. p. 5. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  3. Rip Van Wikle at AustLit
  4. "St. Kilda Theatre". The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 - 1930). Vic.: National Library of Australia. 20 April 1912. p. 5. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  5. Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, p34
  6. "St. Kilda Theatre". The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 - 1930). Vic.: National Library of Australia. 20 April 1912. p. 5. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  7. Everyones, Everyones Ltd, 1920, retrieved 15 March 2019
  8. "MASONIC HALL". Bendigo Advertiser. Vic.: National Library of Australia. 1 May 1912. p. 7. Retrieved 1 October 2013.


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