Rip Van Winkle (1912 film)

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Rip Van Winkle
Directed by W.J. Lincoln
Produced by William Gibson
Millard Johnson
John Tait
Nevin Tait
Based on stage adaptation by Joseph Jefferson and Dion Boucicault
of story by Washington Irving
Starring Arthur Styan
Cinematography Orrie Perry
Distributed by Tait's Pictures
Release dates
6 April 1912 (Melbourne)[1]
Country Australia
Language Silent film
English intertitles

Rip Van Winkle is a 1912 Australian feature length film directed by W.J. Lincoln about Rip Van Winkle. It was arguably Australia's first fantasy film.[2]

It is considered a lost film.



The film was made in the wake of a successful Australian season of Joseph Jefferson and Dion Boucicault's theatre adaptation of Washington Irving's story.[3]


The film appears not to have been widely released. The Bendigo Advertiser said that "the famous story is most effectively explained in the picture production."[4]


  1. ^ Mary Bateman, 'W.J. Lincoln', Cinema Papers, June–July 1980 p 214
  2. ^ Rip Van Wikle at AustLit
  3. ^ Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, p34
  4. ^ "MASONIC HALL.". Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918) (Vic.: National Library of Australia). 1 May 1912. p. 7. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 

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