SUN 14 JAN, 3PM | Arc Cinema | $15/$13
1934 | PG | 82mins | AUSTRALIA | D: Paulette McDonagh
The daughter of a professional grifter tries to change her ways when she falls for the son of one of their victims, however her father talks her into one last score. This premiere screening of NFSA’s latest restoration – one of the fee early Australian feature films directed by a woman – features a live accompaniment and a discussion on the dynamic McDonagh sisters from NFSA curators Sally Jackson and Tara Marynowsky.
"After the success of Those Who Love (1926) and The Far Paradise (1928), the making of The Cheaters marked a turning point in the filmmaking fortunes of Isabel, Paulette and Phyllis McDonagh… (it) is certainly, in directorial, technical and performance terms more confident than The Far Paradise, and several sequences, such as the film’s first jewel robbery, stand out as impressive pieces of story construction where nothing is as it first seems. Visually the film shows influences of American and German crime films of the 1920s, many of which made strong use of darkness and chiaroscuro lighting.” - Graham Shirley, Australian Screen Online
Image of lead performers Marie Lorraine and Josef Bambach, by Broughton and Ward Photographers with direction from Paulette McDonagh, feature in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery Nov 11 2017 to March 12 2018. The exhibition also features the sequinned dress worn by Marie Lorraine in the film, drawn from the Collection of the National Film and Sound Archive.