$28.59

The Sentimental Bloke - for AUSTRALIA DAY!

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Pittwater RSL Club

82 Mona Vale Road

Mona Vale, NSW 2103

Australia

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Event description

Description

Special Australia Day Screening

THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE

with a vibrant live score by The Volantinsky Quartet!

“an unforgettable musical & cinematic experience... incredibly exciting music…a blistering set”

Leading lady - Lotte Lyell

THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE classic Australian silent film, was first screened in Sydney in 1919. 100 years old, it is regarded as the supreme achievement of Australia’s Silent Film era. The heartfelt storytelling, its mixture of comedy with realistic Woolloomooloo backgrounds, and its Australian box office success played a major role in defining Australian national character on screen. The film is an adaptation of C.J. Dennis’ much-loved poem about an ex-convict who experiences the love of a good woman for the first time.

Pittwater FIlm Producer Bill Leimbach will present a memorable night of film, music and fun at the Pittwater RSL with the screening of this newly restored copy - presented with a live musical accompaniment, composed and performed by THE VOLANTINSKY QUARTET, on Australia Day Saturday Jan 26th. The Quartet composed the music for this silent film, as the original score has long been lost. They play on an exotic combination of instruments, with Russian-trained Lucy Voronov (cimbalom & hammer-dulcimer), impro-cellist Anatoli Torjinski (from Odessa), Kiev-trained mandolin guitarist Stephen Lalor and master percussionist Jess Ciampa - laced with the flavours of Russia, the Balkans and many Australian quirky classics.

The silent classic was directed by famous Australian Raymond Longford and the cast features the love of his life Lottie Lyell. It was lost for decades until found in a vault at New York’s Eastman Kodak, filed mistakenly as THE SENTIMENTAL BLONDE.

A print made from the new negative was screened to renewed enthusiasm at the 1955 Sydney Film Festival, and director Longford was discovered to be still alive, working as a nightwatchmen on the Sydney waterfront. The National Film and Sound Archive have allowed us this copy to help celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Bill Leimbach will introduce the film and tell some of the stories behind the making of this landmark collaboration of Raymond Longford & Lottie Lyell. The film transformed Lottie into Australia's first international film star. But she also contributed to the screenplay, art direction, editing and production. The British press called their film, "The best that has been made in Australia".

Lyell and Longford went on to form a very influential and pioneering partnership, making two or three films a year - half hour pieces, totally silent. They started a relationship but Longford could not marry her as his wife Melina would not give him a divorce until 1926 – the year after Lyell died – at the age of 35.

Today the couple are remembered with a most prestigious award named in their honour, the LONGFORD LYELL AWARD - the Australian film industry's highest accolade for an individual for their "unwavering commitment over many years to excellence in the film and television industries and has, through their body of work, contributed substantially to the enrichment of Australian screen culture". Since the introduction of the award by the AFI in 1968, winners have included Peter Weir, Bid Tingwell, David Stratton, George Miller, Phillip Adams, Phillip Noyce, Ken G Hall, Barry Jones, Jack Thompson, Geoffrey Rush, Bryan Brown and Cate Blanchett.

Pittwater RSL will come alive with The Volantinski Quartet on stage accompanying the film. Leimbach says, “I saw this film accompanied by the Quartet at the Vision Splendid film festival in Queensland last year. Everyone enjoyed such a wonderful festive night. I asked Quartet if they could come down to NSW and play for us here, and they answered excitedly that they would love to, “We live in Elanora Heights!” We are so lucky to have their talents in our community.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see the film on the big screen in a large room with great sound for the Quartet. There will be 3 restaurants of food, plenty of bar drinks and lots of fun, as we laugh and cry and dance in the memory of this great Australian achievement.



Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Pittwater RSL Club

82 Mona Vale Road

Mona Vale, NSW 2103

Australia

View Map

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Save This Event

Event Saved