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The Sentimental Bloke - 1919 Silent Film Screening

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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
A Free Family Event @ Perth Cultural Centre
Written in 1915 by the Australian poet C.J. Dennis, A Sentimental Bloke was an overwhelmingly popular poem during the early twentieth century, which narrated the saga of loveable larrikin, Bill, and his courtship of and eventual marriage to Doreen, a young woman working in a local pickle factory. Written in humorous colloquial language, the work captured the heart of the nation, and 60 000 copies in nine editions were sold within its first year of publication.

Arthur Tauchert in 'The Sentimental Bloke'. Image from Wikimedia Commons.
Arthur Tauchert in 'The Sentimental Bloke'. Image from Wikipedia Commons.

Close on the heels of the poem's success, in 1919 a silent movie was made, based on its characters and story-line. Filmed in black and white on the streets of inner-city Sydney, and starring Australia's foremost movie stars of the era (Arthur Tauchert, Lottie Lyell and Gilbert Emery), the film is often considered to be the best of Australia's silent movie productions, and even one of its best movies of all time.

On Friday, 16th November, at 8.00pm, local audiences will have the rare opportunity to enjoy this classic Australian screen gem on the Perth Cultural Centre Big Screen. With a wholesome plot and plenty of good, old-fashioned humour, the movie is sure to be a hit with the whole family: even the littlest children will get a laugh from the slap-stick antics of 'the Bloke' and his mates. True to the era, a live piano soundtrack will accompany the movie, provided by accomplished pianist, Len Brauer.

Promoted by Heritage Perth, this special free movie showing of A Sentimental Bloke will provide a good excuse to dally a little longer in the city on Friday night. Over the weeks leading up to Christmas, there is so much to see and do in 'down-town' Perth, so be sure not to miss the wonderful opportunity to watch this classic silent movie under the stars.
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Why? A Sentimental Bloke is a great family movie, and this is a wonderful and rare opportunity to see this century-old gem up on the big screen.
When: Friday, 16th November at 8.00pm
Where: Perth Cultural Centre Big Screen
Cost: Free
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