The last silent feature film to be made in Australia, The Kid Stakes is an enchanting comedy based on the characters of ‘Fatty Finn,’ a comic strip by illustrator Syd Nicholls. Fatty Finn and his gang enter his goat Hector in the annual goat derby, but his rival Bruiser Murphy lets him loose. The ensuing rescue adventure ends with a gripping race against time and against Bruiser’s own goat in the final race. Dismissed as a children’s film at the time, The Kid Stakes is an enduring piece of Australian film history.
This classic silent film will be accompanied by an original score composed and performed by Luke Eygenraam and Ben Campbell.
Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive