Fri 28 June @ 10:30am | Essential Australian Women Directors - The Cheaters
David Stratton presents:
David Stratton presents Essential Australian Women Directors
1930 | 94 mins | G | Australia | D: Paulette McDonagh
Arc Cinema | English Language
Tickets $15/$13 - season pass available
The McDonagh sisters, daughters of a Sydney doctor, made four pioneering feature films: Those Who Love (1926), The Far Paradise (1928), The Cheaters (1930) and Two Minutes Silence (1933), as well as some documentaries. Most of these films are, sadly, lost today. Paulette (1901-1978), the middle sister, was the driving force and acted as the director and screenwriter; Isobel, using the stage name Marie Lorraine, was the leading actress; Phyllis, the youngest, was the producer and production designer. The Cheaters, their third feature, went into production as a silent film, although at the time cinemas were busily converting to sound. It’s the story of Paula (Lorraine), the daughter of Bill Marsh (Arthur Greenaway), an embezzler, ex-convict and head of a criminal gang. Used by her father to attract wealthy men, Paula falls in love with Lee (Josef Bambach), the adopted son of John Travers (John Faulkner), her father’s most bitter enemy. The film was completed as a silent but during the long delay in finding distribution, some sound sequences were added. Location footage of Sydney at the time includes a shot of the incomplete Harbour Bridge.