The first Cinesound Review newsreels were screened in Australian cinemas in 1931.
This ad from The Advertiser of 14 November 1931 teases cinema goers with the lure of
“intimate pictures of the Principals and Counsel in the Field divorce case. In the first issue of The Australian Reporter – Cinesound Review”
The Field divorce case filled the pages of newspapers through 1931 and 1932. It lasted 87 days in the court room and gleaned thousands of pounds for Sydney Field’s lawyers, demonstrating the salacious treatment of divorces where fault was found. An appeal by Mrs Field even went to the High Court.
More pedestrian issues appeared in this edition screened at Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre days later.
One of the most enjoyable features on the programme is a Cinesound review. Australians will welcome this pictorial record of recent events in various parts of the Continent, described in the “talking reporter” style by an Australian, in the native way. In this week’s budget one sees Phar Lap‘s departure for overseas, hears Arthur Mailey and Don Bradman talking about Eddie Gilbert’s bowling, and even gets the late news of the crash of the air mail plane, Southern Sun, accompanied by “shots” of her departure from Hobart, Melbourne, and Sydney.
Over at the National Film and Sound Archive 88 newsreel clips are available to view online, including silent footage from as early as 1908.