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For The Term of his Natural Life


For The Term of his Natural Life

  • Date: Saturday, 11 September 2010, 6pm
  • Venue: Pitt Street Uniting Church — 264 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $20 | Concession: $15 — Tickets can be purchased by phone on 0419 267 318

Event Details

Norman Dawn’s Australian 1927 silent film masterpiece with a new live score by composer & instrument inventor Colin Offord singing and playing Great Island Mouthbow, Khene Lao, Double Flutes and Moonbells

When it was first released in 1927 For The Term of his Natural Life was considered to be one of the most ambitious, expensive and certainly the greatest silent films ever made. Shot on location at Berrima, Wombeyan Caves and Sydney Harbour and in Tasmania at the ruins of the convict settlement at Port Arthur, the film accurately evokes the life of convicts in the early Australian penal settlements. There was public opposition to the film concerning its portrayal of this fiercely honest portrayal of Australia's early colonial history.

Colin Offord’s innovative Australasian music enriches this classic silent film and offers the audience a new way of looking at the film and understanding Australia’s convict history and even our place in the world. It seeks a balance between heritage and contemporary art, tapping into our collective history and adding to and promoting our national heritage. Based on Marcus Clarke's epic and emotionally moving novel, this big budget film follows the fate of an English aristocrat, Rufus Dawes, transported for life to the convict settlement of Van Dieman's Land for a crime he did not commit, and his enduring love for Sylvia Vickers, the daughter of a prison governor.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0404 306 966 or by email to info@ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au

Featured Australian Works

 For the Term of His Natural Life by Colin Offord — Australian premiere

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