Cinema Reborn: Sons of Matthew

A tale of rugged pioneer days, Sons of Matthew Charles Chauvel gave the lead role to the young Michael Pate and, as with the earlier Chauvel discovery, Errol Flynn, the film’s success hurtled the actor towards a long career in Hollywood. Controversial in its day for its famous nude bathing scene which the censor, remarkably, let through.

“This film is quintessentially Chauvel, combining the strongest factors in his personality. His reverence for the soil and the pioneer spirit is clear in the story of a young couple settling down on a “lost world” plateau in Queensland and raising a family despite drought, fire and natural obstacles. John Baxter, The Australian Cinema.

Digital 2K restoration by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia as part of NFSA Restores.

Release DateSaturday, 4 May 2019
Running Time1hr 41m
StarringMichael PATE (Shane O’Riordan), Ken WAYNE (Barney O’Riordan), Tommy BURNS (Luke O’Riordan), John UNICOMB (Terry O’Riordan), John EWART (Mickey O’Riordan), Wendy GIBB (Cathy McAllister), John O’MALLEY (Matthew O’Riordan), Thelma SCOTT (Jane O’Riordan)
Directed byCharles Chauvel