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SUNDAY FEATURE: THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE

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Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory

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Darwin City, NT 0820

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1919 | 146mins | Rated G | Australia

SUNDAY FEATURE showcases a unique selection of rare and historic films from the Australian film archives with a film from every decade from 1900’s to 1980s.

Bill, AKA 'The Kid’ (Arthur Tauchert), a larrikin from the Sydney dockside suburb of Woolloomooloo, gets a six-month sentence when he’s caught in a two-up game. After he’s released, he falls for Doreen (Lottie Lyell), an upright young woman who works in a pickle factory. She makes him renounce drinking, gambling and running with the local 'push’ (or gang). They marry and although he’s not yet fully reformed, the love of a good woman helps him to find a future.

The Sentimental Bloke is based on the 1915 poem The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke by C. J. Dennis. It is generally considered the greatest Australian silent film, and one of the best Australian movies of all time.

IMAGE: The sentimental bloke (video still), 1919

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