The Banjo and the bard

Australia, 1987

Film
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A poetic debate between Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson ran over several weeks in the Bulletin magazine of the 1890s. The subject of the debate was the Australian bush. Paterson, who spent most of his life in more affluent surroundings than Lawson, saw the bush as a place of romance and adventure. Lawson saw only the hardship and struggle. To earn themselves some money they convinced the Bulletin to print the poems they each wrote disclaiming the other’s point-of-view. The story is filmed entirely in contemporary settings with Paterson and Lawson, in their period costume, as the only references to the time-frame of the Bulletin articles.

Credits

producer/director

Bill Bennett

Duration

00:58:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1987

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

324266

Language

English

Subject categories

Adaptations

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Literature → Australian literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Lawson, Henry,1867-1922

Literature → Literature

Literature → Poetry

People → Lawson, Henry,1867-1922

People → Paterson, A. B. (Andrew Barton), 1864-1941

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - overscan

MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - overscan

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