By Anthony Buckley

Tony Buckley is definitely positioned to take us backstage to monitor via his eyes the attention-grabbing development of Australian film-making. masking an enormous interval of our glossy historical past, he introduces us to the characters he has met: actors, stars, manufacturers, technicians - sharing his unique tales and insights.

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An Australian movie? I requested. not anyone within the meeting room knew the reply and not anyone had heard of Raymond Longford. I endured my trip of discovery, reading each beautiful body, conscientiously re-splicing the previous, home made joins, saving the frames from each side of the sign up for and punctiliously placing them in envelopes to take domestic every day. The titles have been in prose. My younger eyes eagerly learn them. Who used to be C. J. Dennis? weeks later I accomplished repairing this, to me, amazing print, rigorously cleansing it, to be despatched all the way down to the laboratory in the back of the development, linked movie Printers, for a 16mm reproduction destructive and print to be made. This used to be the 1st significant mistake of movie recovery and maintenance during this kingdom. there is not any one accountable. there has been no longer the cash to supply for a 35mm detrimental and print. Eastmancolor processing had no longer but arrived in Australia for a tinted print to be made, the nationwide movie and Sound Archive needed to wait one other thirty years prior to it'd be validated. it's going to need to wait till 2003 for this silent masterpiece of our cinema to be absolutely restored. This rediscovery was once proven to an eagerly ready viewers on the college of Sydney in 1955 and instantly reawakened an curiosity within the proven fact that we had had a movie undefined, and a look for Raymond Longford started. meanwhile i used to be on my approach, inflicting but extra matters to my mom and dad. For the subsequent and a part years I spent each Tuesday evening and each Saturday within the Mitchell Library ferreting out every little thing i'll locate approximately our Australian movie and specifically this guy, Raymond Longford. I quickly learnt the outdated asserting that in the back of each solid guy there's a nice lady, and in the back of Raymond Longford there definitely used to be – Lottie Lyell, the 1st superstar of the Australian display. Our outdated relatives domestic at fifty nine Sinclair highway used to be purely ten mins stroll from Longford’s Wollstonecraft domestic, which I wasn’t to profit until eventually a lot later. We have been now dwelling at seventy seven Alexander road, Crows Nest and that i started writing to him after the click had chanced on him operating as a nightwatchman on Sydney’s wharves, telling him of my discoveries and my examine. I forgot to inform him my age. We had no mobile within the early fifties and it'll were super rude to knock on anyone’s door unannounced. So I waited and waited. ‘There’s a letter for you,’ stated mom. I had purely ever been used to letters addressed to grasp Buckley on birthdays containing postal notes for 2/6! This was once addressed to Mr Tony Buckley and postmarked North Sydney. It used to be the invitation I were awaiting. eight Gillies highway, Wollstonecraft. ‘Dear Mr Buckley, i might be happy to obtain you for afternoon tea subsequent Saturday, at 2 o’clock. Yours basically, R. H. Longford. ’ Raymond Longford stands beside the digital camera Raymond Longford stands beside the digicam (top photograph) while Arthur Higgins completes threading the movie throughout the gate in those surviving position snaps taken in 1923. At my final assembly with Longford, he produced those stills and a replica of his talkie script of Fisher’s Ghost which he had was hoping to make in 1934.

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