'Neath Austral Skies

'Neath Austral Skies
Directed byRaymond Longford
Written byRaymond Longford
Produced byA.C. Tinsdale
StarringLottie Lyell
Commonwealth Film Producing Company.[2]
Distributed byCo-Operative Film Exchange
Release date
2 December 1913[1]
LanguagesSilent film
English intertitles

'Neath Austral Skies is a 1913 Australian silent film directed by Raymond Longford.

It is considered a lost film.


Captain Frank Hollis (Martyn Keith) is engaged to Eileen Delmont (Lottie Lyell). When her brother Eric commits a theft, Frank accepts the blame in order to protect her family's name. He leaves for Australia and joins the New South Wales mounted police. Eric confesses and Eileen and her father go to Australia to track down Frank. They buy a property, some of their cattle is stolen and request a trooper come to their aid – it is Frank. On the way out to see them, Frank is captured by the thieves and is thrown in the river, but Eileen comes to his aid and the lovers are reunited.



Neath Austral Skies was the name of a popular collection of poetry from E.B. Loughran published in 1894.[3]

The film was not widely screened and is not one of Longford's better known movies.[4]


The film was shown at the Melbourne Lyric Theatre in 1913.[2]

One contemporary critic said the film "has many exciting and sensational scenes, relieved with pure Australian comedy to hold the audience. The photography is very true." The Argus wrote about one screening being "well received."[5]

Raymond Longford's name was used extensively in advertising.[6]


  1. ^ "Raymond Longford", Cinema Papers, January 1974 p. 51
  2. ^ a b "The Age (Melbourne, Vic.}". Trove. 20 December 1913. p. 20. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Review: 'Neath Austral Skies". The Brisbane Courier. Vol. LI, no. 11,376. Queensland, Australia. 30 June 1894. p. 6. Retrieved 6 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Pike, Andrew (1980). Australian film, 1900-1977: a guide to feature film production. Oxford University Press in association with the Australian Film Institute. ISBN 0-19-554213-4. OCLC 7373730.
  5. ^ "Music and Drama". The Argus (Melbourne). No. 21, 033. Victoria, Australia. 22 December 1913. p. 11. Retrieved 6 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Advertising". The Leader. Orange, NSW: National Library of Australia. 6 February 1914. p. 3. Retrieved 1 September 2013.

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