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
Release date
21 October 1911 (Melbourne)[2]
Running time
3,000 feet[3]
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles

It is considered a lost film.


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]



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]


The film was released in Melbourne on Caulfield Cup Day.


  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
  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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