Colonial adaptations: Ken G. Hall’s the Silence of Dean Maitland (1934)”

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Abstract

This chapter will examine Ken G Hall’s production of The Silence of Dean Maitland (1943) in relation to the unheralded tradition of melodrama in Australian cinema as it aspires to this genre’s international realm. In this examination the essay will incorporate the ways in which Hall attempted to adapt the melodramatic mode to project himself as an international auteur, to adapt a certain Britishness where it is possible to see, as Stuart Cunningham locates “a good deal of textual perturbation and negotiation of cultural process takes place” and to adapt the fervour surrounding the production of the play form earlier in the century and the resulting film by Raymond Longford.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritical Edition of The Silence of Dean Maitland
EditorsKevin Morrison
Place of PublicationNewcastle Upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Pages367-373
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)1527534898, 9781527534896
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • film History
  • Australian cinema history

Cite this

Williams, D. (2019). Colonial adaptations: Ken G. Hall’s the Silence of Dean Maitland (1934)” . In K. Morrison (Ed.), Critical Edition of The Silence of Dean Maitland (pp. 367-373). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.