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Thursday, 1 December 1938

Mr JENNINGS - Can the Minister for Trade and Customs say whether it is a fact that it is proposed to make a certain bushranging film entitled " Captain Midnight," regarding which the following is an extract from a newspaper comment which has been made: -

A film which is described as "arugged romantic saga of Australian colonization, showing the metamorphosis of New South Wales from a penal colony, a sort of Devil's Island, into a land of determined British pioneers. Sir Earle Page has promised to supply the atmosphere." . . . and that he has agreed to send koalas for the picture, , . also pay the cost of ten special eucalyptus trees to provide food for the bears.

Apart from the fantastic nature of this proposal and the false impression that such a film might convey of early Australian history in its suggested form, will the Minister state whether the Government has given any encouragement to the project?

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