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.
|Title of host publication||Critical Edition of The Silence of Dean Maitland|
|Place of Publication||Newcastle Upon Tyne|
|Publisher||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
|Number of pages||7|
|ISBN (Print)||1527534898, 9781527534896|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2019|
- film History
- Australian cinema history
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.