Arthur Tauchert and Lottie Lyell in The Sentimental Bloke (1919)
Arthur Tauchert and Lottie Lyell in The Sentimental Bloke (1919)
The Sentimental Bloke (1918)

Presented by Fed Square and the NFSA with the support of ACMI and Insite Arts

The Sentimental Bloke with live score by Paul Mac

Raymond Longford | Australia | 1918 | Unclassified (All Ages)


Tue 13 Feb 2024

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Join us out in Fed Square as we present one of Australia's earliest feature films paired with a new live score by Paul Mac.

An adaptation of C.J. Dennis’ verse narrative of life set on the backstreets of inner Melbourne in the 1910s, The Sentimental Bloke is a tale of redemption, depicting the social rehabilitation, courtship and marriage of the titular ‘Bloke’, Bill (Arthur Tauchert) to his sweetheart, Doreen (Lottie Lyell).

For the film, Longford and Lyell relocated the setting from Melbourne to Sydney, shooting on location in Woolloomooloo, which then enjoyed a well-earned reputation as a tough inner-city neighbourhood, as well as at Manly Beach and the Hornsby Valley.

This special outdoor screening will be accompanied by a recently commissioned score composed and performed by ARIA award-winning Paul Mac whose previous projects include Itch-E and Scratch-E, The Dissociatives as well as a very successful solo career.

In 2020, the film's cultural significance was recognised by the National Film and Sound Archive and digitally restored as part of NFSA Restores.

This very special outdoor screening and performance is free to attend. Arrive early to grab a deckchair or bring your own chair or picnic rug.

Format: Digital
Language: Silent with English intertitles
Source: National Film & Sound Archive of Australia
Runtime: 106 mins

Event duration

106 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)


Free. No tickets required, drop by.


Digital Facade (Big Screen)
Fed Square, Melbourne

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About Paul Mac

Paul Mac is an iconic figure in Australian electronic music. He is a composer, songwriter, musician and producer. Paul is a multi-ARIA Award winner for his work with underground dance pioneers Itch-E & Scratch-E and for his own solo work. The list of artists with whom he’s collaborated over recent years includes Daniel Johns (The Dissociatives), Haiku Hands, Jamaica Moana, Mo’Ju, and Ngaiire.

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