Anthony Buckley on Ken G Hall
THE SILENCE OF DEAN MAITLAND
MON 15 JAN, 3PM | Arc Cinema | Free, booking essential
1934 | PG | 95mins | AUSTRALIA | D: Ken G Hall
Ken G Hall pushed the boundaries with this tale of a Minister seducing a women not-his-fiancé. 1930s audiences loved it. Introduced by filmmaker Anthony Buckley discussing the career and legacy of Ken G Hall.
"Ken G Hall wrote in his memoirs that he was initially reluctant to make this film, which was suggested by the boss of Union Theatres, Stuart Doyle. The original novel had been turned into a successful stage melodrama well before Raymond Longford filmed it in 1913. Hall found both book and play unfilmable, in the context of the sound era, but he persevered and the film became one of his biggest successes." -Paul Byrnes, Australian Screen Online
The seductive image of British actress Charlotte Francis enjoying the waves on an Australian beach shot on the set of Ken G Hall’s The Silence of Dean Maitland (1934) features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery Nov 11 2017 to March 12 2018.