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The McDonagh Sisters

Rebecca BARRY

  • Australia
  • 2003
  • Asian Premiere
  • 26min
  • G
  • color, b&w

documentary / female filmmaker / 1920s

SYNOPSIS

In the 1920s, Isabel, Phyllis and Paulette McDonagh were sisters, best friends and business partners. Together they were the first Australian women to form their own film company. Amazing footage from their films that has survived and been preserved, combined with interviews, archival photographs, and colorful reenactments describe a remarkable life of these women making movies more than seventy years ago.

PROGRAM NOTE

The three sisters, born in the upper-middle class of McDonagh, made films in Sydney, Australia in the 1920s and 30s. The eldest Isabel was an actress, the second Phyllis was the art director, and the third Paulette took care of the screenplays and direction. They produced melodramas such as Those Who Love (1926), The Far Paradise (1928), The Cheaters (1930) and Two Minutes Silence (1933). [HWANG Miyojo] 

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Director

  • Rebecca BARRY

    Rebecca's driving passion is to facilitate stories, share these with an audience in a creative way, and get people thinking. She is an award-winning director, writer and producer of documentary and drama films and a graduate from the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

     

Credit

  • ProducerKathy SPORT
  • Cast Jill WEBSTER, Lucy MILLER, Keira Daley DALEY, Rachel WARD
  • Screenwriter Rebecca BARRY
  • Cinematographer Timothy ALEWOOD
  • Editor Jahan TYSON
  • Music Caitlin YEO, Christopher O'YOUNG
  • Sound Michael McMENOMY
  • Production Design Sharyn FULTON

WORLD SALES

Australian Film Television and Radio School(AFTRS) / Kym-Louise Barton / kymlouise.barton@aftrs.edu.au