Listen to a conversation with Mandy Sayer, author of Those Dashing McDonagh Sisters: Australia’s First Female Filmmaking Team, at the NFSA in December 2022.
In December 2022, Public Engagement Manager Karina Libbey welcomed author Mandy Sayer to the NFSA for a discussion about her book, Those Dashing McDonagh Sisters: Australia’s First Female Filmm
Can you help us identify these Sydney locations from landmark 1920s films made by the McDonagh sisters?
Paula Marsh (Isabel McDonagh billed as 'Marie Lorraine’) returns to her father (Arthur Greenaway) after stealing from a jewellery store owned by John Travers (John Faulkner).
Paula Marsh’s (Isabel McDonagh billed as 'Marie Lorraine’) attempt to rob the Travers family safe is interrupted by the arrival of Lee Travers (Josef Bambach).
The love of Paula Marsh (Isabel McDonagh billed as 'Marie Lorraine’) for Lee Travers (Josef Bambach) is undermined by Paula’s feelings of remorse over her activities as a thief.
A scrapbook of clippings about the silent feature film The Far Paradise (1928), made by the McDonaghs – sisters Paulette, Phyllis and Isabel.
Restoring 'The Cheaters', a 1929 silent film by the pioneering McDonagh sisters.
This film was the first venture by the McDonagh sisters: Paulette, director and principal writer; Phyllis (the youngest), business manager, publicist and art director; and
This page from the McDonagh sisters scrapbook documenting their second film The Far Paradise (1928) features a review from The Sunday Times, 24 June 1928 which praises the film for it's pr