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 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated Tuesday December 3, 2019 


The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) is celebrating the 70th anniversary of Smithy with a one night only screening, mini exhibition and the DVD release of the film on February 19, in Arc cinema, Canberra.

Smithy was directed by Australian film legend and icon Ken G Hall and is a classic Australian film which was a smash hit when first released in 1946 and achieved worldwide recognition. Smithy recreates the dramatic life of Australia's world renowned aviation hero Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. Affectionately known as "Smithy", he astonished the world in 1928 with his pioneering Trans Pacific flight from America to Australia. He went on to establish Australian National Airways and set air distance and endurance records.

Director Ken G. Hall's last feature film is a gripping and inspiring tribute to a national hero and his fellow pioneers. Contributing to the stunning aerial shots Smithy's famous plane, the Southern Cross, appears in what was to be its last flight. Some key figures play themselves - Prime Minister Billy Hughes, radio operator John Stannage, and co-pilot PG Taylor. Composer Alfred Hill created a memorable music score, superbly performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

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