Test cricket: England vs Australia
This black-and-white Australasian Gazette newsreel shows highlights of the 1932–1933 England versus Australia cricket series. It starts with footage of the packed stadium, and then to the Australian cricket team walking out onto the field. It includes clips of the first Test in Sydney.
Summary Elizabeth Taggert - Speers
The newsreel begins with a title card which states that the clip shows highlights of the first Test of the 1932–1933 cricket series. This is the cricket series that has been coined the 'Bodyline’ series.
Australasian Gazette newsreels, like today’s news, usually included a variety of clips including a few national or political stories, something of local interest, entertainment and sport like this newsreel.
As it is silent and there are no intertitles, it is difficult to know who is batting and fielding unless you know the cricketers before viewing the item. For this reason, it seems a little disjointed but accompanied by live music or commentary, this item would have been entertaining.
England vs Australia synopsis
This Australasian Gazette newsreel shows highlights of the 1932–1933 England versus Australia cricket series. It starts with footage of the packed stadium and shows clips of the first Test in Sydney. It is black-and-white and silent.
England vs Australia Curator's notes
Newsreels were an integral part of cinema programming in Australia before the advent of television in 1956. Issued on a weekly basis, newsreels enabled people to further engage with local and national political stories and events.
Notes by Elizabeth Taggert - Speers