A Blue Gum Romance

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A Blue Gum Romance
Directed by Franklyn Barrett
Written by Franklyn Barrett
Starring Tien Hogue
Cinematography Franklyn Barrett
Distributed by Essanay Company (US)
Release date
19 May 1913[1]
Running time
2,000 feet[2]
Country Australia
Language Silent film
English intertitles

A Blue Gum Romance is a 1913 Australian silent film directed by Franklyn Barrett.[3] It is considered a lost film.


The film was described as "a Sensational Story of Love, jealousy and revenge".[1]


  • Tien Hogue as heroine
  • Tom Middleton as hero
  • Douglas Lotherington as aboriginal chief


It was the first narrative film from the Fraser Film Release and Photographic Company.

The film was set in the timber industry area near Gosford and Wooy, although interiors were shot in Sydney. The aboriginal characters were played by white actors in blackface.

Filming was completed by July 1913.[4]


The film was popular at the local box office and screened in England and the USA.[5] A contemporary review said the film "seemed to find favour with the spectators."[6]

The film was picked up for distribution in the USA by the Essanay Company and "met with success".[7]


  1. ^ a b "Advertising". Newcastle Morning Herald And Miners' Advocate (12,026). New South Wales, Australia. 19 May 1913. p. 8. Retrieved 8 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ "Advertising". Daily Standard (144). Queensland, Australia. 28 May 1913. p. 2 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved 8 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ Franklyn Barrett papers[permanent dead link] at National Film and Sound Archive
  4. ^ Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 39.
  5. ^ Graham Shirley & Brian Adams, Australian Cinema: The First Eighty Years, Angus and Robertson, 1989 p 59
  6. ^ "THE LYRIC THEATRE". Queensland Times. LIV, (8776). Queensland, Australia. 3 June 1913. p. 6 (Daily). Retrieved 8 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "FRASER FILMS". Sunday Times (1483). New South Wales, Australia. 21 June 1914. p. 27. Retrieved 8 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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