The Day (1914 film)

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The Day
Directed by Alfred Rolfe[1]
Produced by Archie Fraser
Colin Fraser
Written by Johnson Weir
Based on poem by Henry Chappell
Release date
11 November 1914[1][2]
Country Australia
Language Silent film
English intertitles

The Day is a 1914 Australian silent film directed by Alfred Rolfe. It is a propaganda film about German brutality in Europe during World War I. It is considered a lost film.[3]


The Fraser brothers were two distributors and exhibitors who occasionally dabbled in production. They had just made a number of films with Raymond Longford but he had left and Alfred Rolfe became their in-house director instead.

The script was adapted from a popular poem by railway porter Henry Chappell. The screenplay was written by actor Johnson Weir. Weir would recite the poem during screenings.[3]

Actor Jame Martin played a Belgian civilian attacked by two German soldiers. During filming he was struck by a bayonet and had to be treated at St Vincents Hospital.[4]

The Referee wrote that the film " is a theme patriotic from opening to end, and it promises to prove a crowded house magnet."[5]


  1. ^ a b "Advertising". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 6 November 1914. p. 2. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "THE DAY". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 7 November 1914. p. 11. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, p 52
  4. ^ "WORLD OF RECREATION". The Worker. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 26 November 1914. p. 12. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "MOVING PICTURES". The Referee. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 11 November 1914. p. 15. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 

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