The Double Event (1911 film)

The Double Event is a 1911 Australian feature-length film directed by W. J. Lincoln based on the first novel by Nat Gould, which had been adapted several times for the stage, notably by Bland Holt.[4]

The Double Event
Contemporary advertisement
Directed byW. J. Lincoln
Produced byWilliam Gibson
Millard Johnson
John Tait
Nevin Tait
Written byW. J. Lincoln[1]
Based onnovel by Nat Gould
StarringThe Bland Holt Company
CinematographyOrrie Perry
Production
company
Release date
21 October 1911 (Melbourne)[2]
Running time
3,000 feet[3]
CountryAustralia
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles

It is considered a lost film.

Plot

Jack Drayton discovers his brother is an attempted murderer but won't expose him out of fear of ruining the family name. He leaves England in secrecy and starts a new life in Australia under the name of Jack Marston. He falls in love with Edith the daughter of a Sydney bookmaker, John Kingdon. He enters his horse, Caloola, in the Melbourne Cup and it wins, despite the attempts of evil Fletcher.

Fletcher later shoots a lady he is trying to blackmail and is chased across town but is eventually cornered in Chinatown and falls to his death. Jack marries Edith and returns to England.[5]

Cast

Production

The story was based on an 1891 novel by Nat Gould, The Double Event, or A Tale of the Melbourne Cup. This had been successfully adapted for the stage in Australia in 1893 by George Darrell[7] and Bland Holt. Holt's company had disbanded in 1909 and his actors performed in the movie. Several scenes were shot at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.[8]

Other scenes were shot at a studio in St Kilda. Assisting Lincoln was Sam Crew.[9]

Release

The film was released in Melbourne on Caulfield Cup Day.

References

  1. "THE PLAYGOER". Punch (Melbourne, Vic. : 1900 - 1918; 1925). Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia. 19 October 1911. p. 36. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  2. Mary Bateman, 'W.J. Lincoln', Cinema Papers, June–July 1980 p 214
  3. "AMUSEMENTS". The Examiner. Launceston, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 6 March 1912. p. 3 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  4. "Advertising". The Examiner. Launceston, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 9 March 1912. p. 9 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  5. 'The Double Event' at www.natgould.org
  6. "LIFE & LETTERS". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 4 May 1946. p. 5. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  7. Eric Irvin, Gentleman George: King of Melodrama, University of Qld, 1980 p 182-183
  8. Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 27.
  9. Everyones, Everyones Ltd, 1920, retrieved 15 March 2019


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