Wherever She Goes
|Wherever She Goes|
|Directed by||Michael Gordon|
|Produced by||Michael Gordon|
|Written by||Michael Gordon|
Barbara Woodward (add dialogue)
|Based on||Prelude: The Early Life of Eileen Joyce by Lady Clare Hoskyns-Abrahall|
|Starring||Eileen Joyce |
|Edited by||Brereton Porter|
Faun Film Productions
|Distributed by||British Empire Films|
|6 July 1951 (UK)|
7 September 1951 (Aust)
Eileen Joyce is born on the Tasmanian coast and becomes fascinated with music after hearing a man named Daniel play a mouth organ. When her parents decide to move the family to the Kalgoorlie goldfields Eileen sees a piano and resolves to play it. Her father's mine fails and the family has to live in a tent.
Eileen is given an old piano as a Christmas gift and soon becomes a child prodigy. She enters a local music carnival and wins. The story ends when she leaves Kalgoorlie to go to Perth, then flashes forward to a grown up Eileen playing in a concert.
The director was Michael Gordon (born 1909), an English film editor. This was the sole full-length feature film he ever directed. He had given a copy of the book on which the film was based to his children, and his wife suggested that it would make a good film. Both the book and the film were highly fictionalised accounts of Joyce's life. (The opening credits of the film would state that only the two children were real people and everyone else was fictionalised.)
Gordon arrived in Australia in August 1949 to prepare work on the film. Eileen Joyce herself is shown at the start and end of the film, performing the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, but her role was primarily played by Suzanne Parrett, who never made another film. Eileen Joyce's hand double was Pamela Page.
The bulk of the movie was shot at Pagewood Studios in Sydney with some location filming in Kalgoorlie and the Huon Valley. It features the last screen performance of comedian George Wallace, who plays a stage manager. The cast also includes Tommy Drysdale, young brother of Australian artist Russell Drysdale.
The film had its Australian premiere in Hobart. It was one of the few Australian films of the time to receive a cinema release in the United States as well as the UK, but box office receipts were poor and critical reception mixed although Suzanne Parrett's performance was praised.
- IMDB "Michael Gordon (III)". Retrieved 4 April 2015
- "SCREEN: Suzanne Parrett is an up and coming star." The Argus (Melbourne) 5 Jan 1952: 12
- 'Eileen And The Wild Wolves.' The Sydney Morning Herald 9 Apr 1948: 2
- "FILM WORLD PRODUCER VISITS W.A. FOR MATERIAL". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 17 October 1949. p. 13. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
- Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 211.
- 'Himalaya's Last Visit Before Cruises.' The West Australian (Perth) 31 Mar 1951: 4
- 'Mixed Reception For Eileen Joyce Film.' The Sydney Morning Herald 29 Jan 1953: 3
- "NOTES ON FILMS." The Sunday Herald (Sydney) 28 Jan 1951: 4 Supplement: Features
- 'Charms Critics' Barrier Miner (Broken Hill) 11 Jul 1951: 9
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