In 1925, Paramount Pictures employed Australian film director Franklyn Barrett (The Breaking of the Drought, A Girl of the Bush) to manage the North Queensland tour of the silent
Canberra’s first purpose-built cinema was the Capitol Theatre, which opened in 1927 with more than 1,000 seats.
The lost 1916 Australian silent movie The Pioneers is known only from contemporary descriptions and a few stills such as this one, probably from the closing scenes of the film.
Well-known actors, elaborate sets and a sizeable budget were assembled to make The Pioneers.
The stage setting for The Ten Commandments live prologue, theatre unknown.
In part three, Jeannette Delamoir considers what Franklyn Barrett's 1925 tour of Far North Queensland with The Ten Commandments tells us about Barrett, film attendance and regional Australian audiences.
In part two, Jeannette Delamoir describes filmmaker Franklyn Barrett's preparations for, and staging of, a live prologue to The Ten Commandments in Far North Queensland, 1925.
Hollywood, local filmmakers and regional Australia intersect in the story of Franklyn Barrett's touring of a live prologue to Cecil B DeMille's The Ten Commandments in Far North Queensland, 1925.