Tiger Island (1930 film)

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Tiger Island
Directed by Gerald M. Hayle
Written byGerald M. Hayle
Starring Godfrey Cass
Victorian Film Productions
Release date
March 1930 [1]

Tiger Island is a 1930 silent Australian film about a father and daughter living on an island off the Victorian coast who become involved in drug running. It is considered a lost film. [2]



An old man and his beautiful daughter are lured to an island on the Victorian coast with the promise of a share in a deceased person's estate. The father finds the fortune was made from drug smuggling, the contraband being dropped off by passing steamers.

The old man joins the drug trade. A detective investigates and falls for the girl. The drug smuggler is unmasked, the old man is exonerated and the detective is united with the girl.



The film was shot as a silent movie in 1929, in Melbourne and off the coast of Victoria. [3] Advertisements for crew were listed in March, [4] and the movie was complete by June. [5] It was the second feature from the Victorian FIlm Production syndicate.


The coming of sound pictures limited its commercial chances. [2]

The film was one of only four films entered in the Commonwealth government's £10,000 film competition. Of the four, it was judged the third best, after Fellers (1930) and The Cheaters (1930) but in front of The Nation of Tomorrow. However, only Fellers was ruled eligible for a prize. [6]

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  2. 1 2 Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, p152
  3. "Advertising". Portland Guardian . Vic.: National Library of Australia. 15 June 1931. p. 2 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  4. "Classified Advertising". The Argus . Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 21 March 1929. p. 20. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  5. "Australian Pictures". The Argus . Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 7 June 1929. p. 10. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  6. "AUSTRALIAN FILM". The Sydney Morning Herald . National Library of Australia. 22 May 1930. p. 11. Retrieved 7 August 2012.