NFSA Restores: The Sentimental Bloke
One of Australia’s greatest silent films celebrates its centenary with a new digital restoration by the NFSA, and an extraordinary musical score composed and performed live by ARIA award-winner Paul Mac.
Based on the verse novel The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke by CJ Dennis, this is a tale of romance, jealousy, temptation and redemption.
It tells the story of Bill ‘The Kid’ (Arthur Tauchert), a larrikin who cleans up his act when the beautiful Doreen (Lottie Lyell) enters his life.
Directed by legendary filmmaker Raymond Longford, The Sentimental Bloke is set in the then-rough streets of Woolloomooloo and the beaches of Manly, offering contemporary audiences a rare glimpse of Sydney 100 years ago.
A huge box-office hit at the time, The Sentimental Bloke is one of the few silent-era Australian films to have survived in its entirety.
Presented by NFSA Restores, an exciting program to digitise, restore and preserve, at the highest archival standards, classic and cult Australian films so they can be seen on the big screen in today’s digital cinemas.