Frances of Fielding
JS Vinsen and Lee Hill, 1928
The arrival of the talkies was a serious threat to local film makers.
The arrival of the talkies was a serious threat to local film makers. Rudall Hayward, at first in collaboration with Lee Hill and later in competition, copied a US and Australian tradition of making "community comedies" to survive these difficult years.
Using an off-the-peg script and some stock footage, he would cast locals in melodramas, using as many extras as possible, and shoot a film within five days. Excited about the rare opportunity to see themselves on film people would line up to attend the screenings in their town cinemas. Frances of Fielding is a later example made in competition with Hayward.