Lottie Lyell in The Woman Suffers (1918)
Lottie Lyell in The Woman Suffers (1918)
The Woman Suffers (1918)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Woman Suffers

Raymond Longford | Australia | 1918 | G

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Wed 20 Sep 2023

Lyell and Longford’s 13th collaboration in seven years is a proto-feminist moral melodrama of sexual exploitation, female suffrage and revenge highlighting the unequal fate of men and women. Registering a significant maturing of Longford’s directorial capabilities and Lyell’s nuanced acting style, this controversial and full-blooded drama – of which only two-thirds survives – provides a remarkable portrait of harsh bush life.

To be followed by the surviving footage of several other Lyell-Longford collaborations including their breakthrough feature, The Romantic Story of Margaret Catchpole (Raymond Longford, 1911) 24 mins – Unclassified 15+.

35mm prints courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Format: 35mm
Language: Silent with English Intertitles
Source: NFSA
Runtime: 62 mins

Event duration

62 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

The collaboration between Lottie Lyell (1890–1925) and Raymond Longford (1878–1959) is one of the most significant in Australian film. Although her onscreen credits don’t reflect the varied roles she played as sometimes lead actor, screenwriter, art director, producer, editor and co-director, the partnership between Lyell and Longford was truly equal. The pair collaborated on 28 films and Lyell received official credit as a screenwriter on almost half...

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