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Guns & Guitars: J.P. McGowan, Hollywood's First Australian at Mercury Cinema

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Event:
Unravelling the history of an Australian film pioneer
Mercury Cinema presents Guns & Guitars: J.P. McGowan, Hollywood's First Australian, as part of South Australia's History Festival. This premiere screening and lecture of the 1936 classic, starring Adelaide-born J.P. McGowan (John Paterson McGowan) aims to tell the story of J.P's career as an Australian film-maker. Making his way to Hollywood, McGowan set the standard for many to follow suit, including the likes of Errol Flynn, Chips Rafferty, Peter Finch (and, of late, the entire cast of Home and Away).

Mercury Cinema, South Australia History Festival, JP McGowan, Film, Screening, David Donaldson, Vintage, 1938, Movie, Lecture, American, Hollywood, Western
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Soon after, McGowan fought in the Boer War and came home via America, in which he then directed over 200 films, giving John Wayne one of his first roles in the 12-episode rail vs airplane serial The Hurricane Express for the independent Mascot Pictures. This event will comprise a lecture with David Donaldson (the first Director of the Sydney Film Festival), speaking to guests about McGowan's journey as an iconic actor and director.

Mercury Cinema, South Australia History Festival, JP McGowan, Film, Screening, David Donaldson, Vintage, 1938, Movie, Lecture, American, Hollywood, Western
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Guns and Guitars (16mm, 1938, 57mins, PG), is an American Western film directed by Joseph Kane, starring McGowan, who plays the bad guy to protagonist Gene Autry. After being framed for murdering the sheriff, Autry strives to prove his innocence, in which he succeeds and clears his name. He then gets appointed sheriff, enabling him to bring the outlaws to justice by hunting down the original killer. Additionally, enjoy a screening of the steam rail serial episode directed by McGowan The Wild Engine (1916).

Mercury Cinema, South Australia History Festival, JP McGowan, Film, Screening, David Donaldson, Vintage, 1938, Movie, Lecture, American, Hollywood, Western
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South Australia's 2016 History Festival explores our rich history through diverse means, such as film, music, historical sites, tours and more. An abundant list of more than 600 events presented by over 340 organisers around the state have been arranged for the public to enjoy. You can view the full program here.

Guns & Guitars: J.P. McGowan, Hollywood's First Australian, is a once off event playing on Sunday May 8, 2016 at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 or $7 for concession card holders and can be purchased online. Mercury Cinema is a not for profit cinema that is owned by the members of the Media Resource Centre.

Mercury Cinema, South Australia History Festival, JP McGowan, Film, Screening, David Donaldson, Vintage, 1938, Movie, Lecture, American, Hollywood, Western
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Why? Presented as part of South Australia's History Festival
When: Sunday 8 May, 2016 at 2 pm
Phone: (08) 8410 1934
Where: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide 5000
Cost: Adult $10.00 and concession $7.00
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What a great picture of The Mercury, a bijou gem seating a comfortable 186 people and with wheelchair provision. The only cinema in the city to have survived from the 1970s.
by daviddon@dodo.com.au (score: 2|555) 1304 days ago
This show has been promoted to Mercury audiences, at the Photographic Market, and by email so Online Booking seems a good idea. Could this show be sold out?!
by daviddon@dodo.com.au (score: 2|555) 1298 days ago
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