In 1924, the Italian film director Angelo Drovetti embarked on an epic 8,000-nautical-mile voyage with his movie camera.
The result, Dall'Italia All'Australia (From Italy to Australia), is regarded by many as the most comprehensive film ever made of a migrant voyage.
‘Dall’Italia All’Australia’ chronicles the voyage of the Regina d’Italia (Queen of Italy) - one of three passenger ships first built for the Lloyd Sabaudo Line at the turn of last century.
The film showcases the panoramic views witnessed by Italian, Yugoslav, Greek, Arabic and Jewish migrants as they stood atop the deck of the old steamer during their seven-week world odyssey from Genoa to Australia, by way of Egypt & Sri Lanka, arriving in September 1924.
Dall’Italia All’Australia, of 60 minutes duration first screened in Italy in May 1925. The film chronicles the voyage of the passenger steam ship Regina d’Italia (Queen of Italy) – one of the three ships first built for the Lloyd Sabaudo Shipping Line at the turn of the century.
Author Anthony De Bolfo, who discovered the film, introduces and commentates on the film, with Italian folk music by acclaimed musicians Kavisha Mazzella (singer, guitar, accordion) and Irini Vela (bouzouki, mandolin, guitar) and the Viaggiatori - David De Santi (accordion) and Mark Holder-Keeping (saxophone, clarinet).
The film is black and white and in DVD format.
It has Italian intertitles. A programe booklet is available with English translation of the intertitles.
The film is 60 minutes in duration.
The film is usually presented in 2 parts with an intermission of 15 minutes usually.
The musicians are positioned in front of the film screen and to one side and perform live Italian folk tunes and songs while the film is showing.
Kavisha has selected aranged the music and tunes to work in with the film images.
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