Walter Franklyn Barrett (1873 – 16 July 1964), better known as Franklyn Barrett, was an Australian film director and cinematographer. He worked for a number of years for West's Pictures. It was later written of the filmmaker that "Barrett's visual ingenuity was to be the highlight of all his work, but... his direction of actors was less assured".
Barrett was born in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, and was raised by his aunt. He was a professional violin player and amateur photographer and claims to have seen the first exhibit of motion pictures at the Empire Theatre in London.
Barrett moved to New Zealand with his brother and father to work as a clerk for the latter. He began to experiment with shooting movies, and in 1901 won a prize of £15 for some of his photos. Barrett accompanied the Duke of York on his 1901 tour of Australia in capacity as photographer. He worked for eight months with the Charles Urban Trading Co. Ltd in England and moved to Australia in 1904, where he worked for several theatre companies.
Barrett was the first person to film the Melbourne Cup from start to finish, and shot several "scenic movies" for the New Zealand and New South Wales railways.
Barrett began directing movies for West's, starting with The Christian (1911). In 1913 West's merged with Australasian Films and Barrett joined the Fraser Film Release and Photographic Company. In 1920 he formed his own film company with solicitor Barry Kenward, with whom he made three features. This company eventually folded in May 1922 and Barrett moved into theatre management, running the Capitol Theatre in Canberra in 1925, then various cinemas for Hoyts Theatres from 1927 onwards.
He was already a widower by the time he married Mabel Muriel Pile in Perth on 10 December 1906. He predeceased him but the daughter they had together, Harrie "Todds" Barrett, survived him. Todds Barrett went on to become a successful businesswoman.
Franklyn and Mabel's house at 6 Barrett Place Randwick, their home from 1911-26, has a Bicentennial commemorative plaque.
- Dummy Mace (1901) - cinematographer - a fake boxing movie
- A Message from Mars (1903) - cinematographer
- The Sea Coasts of New Zealand (1911) - cinematographer
- The Christian (1911) - cinematographer, director
- All for Gold, or Jumping the Claim (1911) - cinematographer, director
- The Strangler's Grip (1912) - cinematographer
- The Mystery of the Black Pearl (1912) - cinematographer
- The Eleventh Hour (1912) - cinematographer
- A Silent Witness (1912) - cinematographer, director
- The Life of a Jackeroo (1913) - cinematographer, director
- Pommy Arrives in Australia (1913) - cinematographer
- A Blue Gum Romance (1913) - cinematographer, director
- The Pioneers (1916) - cinematographer, director
- The Joan of Arc of Loos (1916) - cinematographer
- The Mutiny of the Bounty (1916) - cinematographer
- The Murder of Captain Fryatt (1917) - cinematographer
- The Monk and the Woman (1917) - director
- cinematographer for unknown film for Antipodes Film Productions directed by C.B. Coates
- Australia's Peril (1917) - cinematographer, director
- The Enemy Within (1918) - cinematographer
- A Romance of Burke and Wills Expedition of 1860 (1918) - cinematographer
- The Lure of the Bush (1918) - cinematographer
- Struck Oil (1919) - director
- The Breaking of the Drought (1920) - cinematographer, director
- A Girl of the Bush (1921) - cinematographer, director
- Know Thy Child (1921) - cinematographer, director
- A Rough Passage (1922) - cinematographer, director
- Graham Shirley and Brian Adams, Australian Cinema: The First Eighty Years, Currency Press 1989 p 39
- "PARAMOUNT PICTURES.". The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) (Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 15 March 1927. p. 5. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
- "A MAKER OF FILMS.". Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954) (Broken Hill, NSW: National Library of Australia). 20 March 1908. p. 3. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- Rutledge, Martha, 'Barrett, Walter Franklyn (1873–1964)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University accessed 9 April 2012
- "OLDEST MOVIE MAN.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 15 November 1927. p. 1. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- Gordon Moyes, 'Todds Barrett', Gordonmoyes.com, National Library of Australia, Tuesday, 14 August 2007 accessed 10 May 2012
- 'Plaque 23', Randwick City Council accessed 10 May 2012
- "MAKING LOCAL FILMS.". Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930) (Sydney, NSW: National Library of Australia). 11 November 1917. p. 25. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- Franklyn Barrett at the Internet Movie Database
- Franklyn Barrett at Australian Dictionary of Biography
- Article on Barrett's 1925 Tour of Queensland
- Franklyn Barrett at Trove
- Franklyn Barrett items at National Film and Sound Archive