Year 1919. Duration 100 Minutes. Classification: G.
A comedy, a romance, a ripping good yarn - The Sentimental Bloke is an icon of Australian early silent film.
Set in the Sydney working class suburb of Woolloomooloo and based on the best-selling verses of C J Dennis’ 1915 book The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, Raymond Longford’s film humorously tells the heart-warming story of larrikin Bill – the Sentimental Bloke – his sweetheart Doreen, and his ruffian mate Ginger Mick.
This version incorporates new footage found in the vaults of George Eastman House (Rochester, New York), restored with the vibrant colours of the original tinting and toning.
Musical accompaniment composed by Jen Anderson and performed by Jen Anderson and The Larrikins.
© 2018 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Director: Raymond Longford
Producer: Southern Cross Feature Film Co Ltd
Cast: Arthur Tauchert (Bill), Lottie Lyell (Doreen)
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Curriculum Links: Australian Drama; Australian History; K-10 English 'Cultural, Social and Gender Perspectives'; Film, Cinema and Screen Studies; Gender Studies, HSIE/SOSE - Exploring Australia's National Identity; Theatre and Performance Studies.
DVD Extras: Musical accompaniment performed by Jen Anderson and The Larrikins. DVD includes interviews with director Raymond Longford and composer Jen Anderson; curatorial commentary by Graham Shirley and Jeanette Delamori; the Bill and Doreen song; scene selections and an image gallery.