TWO FEATURE FILMS IN ONE
DIGGERS 1931, 58 Minutes
Attending a reunion, two Australian ex-servicemen reminisce about their exploits in France during WW1. These include lying in a field hospital where they feigned deafness to extend their recuperation, stealing jars of rum from the Quartermaster and inventing an elaborate ruse to hide them and finally, the night before returning to the front relaxing in a French café where romance blossoms between the soldier and waitress as told through the songMademoiselle from Armentieres.
Vaudeville performer Pat Hanna brings his well-established stage and radio "Diggers" comedy routine to the screen. One of the very first Australian "talkies".
DIGGERS IN BLIGHTY 1933, 74 Minutes
The diggers and their officer, who has fallen for a nurse at the hospital, are subtly manipulated by a British intelligence officer to assist in passing false battle plans to the Germans. Given leave in England, they end up billeted at a country house and offered barley water instead of the home-brew they anticipated.
Directed by Pat Hanna and assisted by acclaimed silent film director Raymond Longford, who also played the role of the German spy.
DIGITALLY REMASTERED BY NFSA
Distributed by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. © 2016 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Directors: F W Thring, Pat Hanna
FEATURED CAST: Pat Hanna, George Moon, Joe Valli
Total Running Time: 132 Minutes
Classification: G. Consumer advice: Very mild themes and violence.
Curriculum Links: Australian History; Military History; NSW History Stage 6: Part 1 Core Study 'World War 1 1914-1918'; NSW History Stage 5 Topic 2 'Australia and World War One'; Film, Cinema and Screen Studies; SOSE/HSIE Exploring Australia's National Identity.
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