Double feature: Waltzing Matilda + An Englishman abroad

Double feature: Waltzing Matilda + An Englishman abroad

A classic case of mistaken identities: the police are after a ‘fella named James Brown for the murder of one of their colleagues. After a big night out drinking with his mate Chic, Brown thinks that his memory loss from the night before might mean that he is the cop-killer and goes on the run. In a twist, the police force are also looking for another fella named James Brown (our protagonist) to alert him that a family member from overseas has left him a huge inheritance. When the police finally catch up to James Brown and his friend Chic to tell them the good news, the runaways tie up the cops before they can explain. James and Chic make a get away to a sheep station in Bonaroo.

Courtesy National Film and Sound Archive.

AN ENGLISHMAN ABROAD (18+)
Dir. John Schlesinger 
UK 1983 64mins

In 1983, Australian-born stage and screen actress Coral Browne daringly played herself of 25 years earlier when, touring in Russia with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she had a chance meeting with the notorious spy Guy Burgess. Alan Bennett’s award-winning drama, An Englishman Abroad begins when an English gentleman appears at Coral Browne’s dressing room door. She assumes he is attached to the Embassy, but if so, why are his trousers out at the knees? What does he want with her face powder? An invitation to lunch will perhaps explain?

Courtesy National Film and Sound Archive.

Double feature: Waltzing Matilda + An Englishman abroad

  • Director: Pat Hanna
  • Year: 1933
  • Run Time: 77 mins
  • Country: Australia
  • Rating: R