Every part of Australia is, always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. As a community gathering-place, a festival of arts, cultural exchange and celebration and as a site for the sharing of ideas and stories, Ten Days on the Island pays respect to the palawa – original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across lutruwita (Tasmania) upon which our Festival takes place.

Ten Days on the Island in Association with The National Film and Sound Archive Presents

Leonard’s Beautiful Pictures

World Premiere

75 mins

In the family of entertainers known as The Marvellous Corricks there were eight talented siblings: seven sisters and their brother, Leonard. He was just 14 years old when he started making and screening silent films.

It was 1901 and his early projections – a highlight of his family’s travelling shows filled with sketches and singalongs – would light up the world.

In 2021, Leonard’s Beautiful Pictures will return in all their wonder for this Ten Days on the Island world premiere. These 100-year-old films will once again entertain and delight audiences at the historic venues in Zeehan, Scottsdale and Hobart.

Leonard’s fascinating newsreels and dramatic films once awed our local communities with the latest in cinematography. Now, a selection of Leonard’s films, some black-and-white, some gorgeously hand-tinted – digitally restored by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) – represent a rare vision of a former world.

Paying homage to The Marvellous Corricks’ musical talents, renowned Tasmanian composer and performer Dean Stevenson and his band will accompany these moving pictures with the world premiere of a playful new musical soundscape. We’ve even commissioned a new ice-cream for this special occasion – Leonard’s Lavender!

So, bring your family and, together, we’ll welcome Leonard’s Beautiful Pictures into the 21st century.


Composer & Musical Director – Dean Stevenson

Musician – Randall Muir

Musician – Ralph Forehead

Event Warnings

This event is suitable for children over the age of 8 years old.

Latecomers will be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Covid Info

Ten Days on the Island is closely following and implementing all restrictions and recommendations advised by National and State Governments regarding event operations, you can find the relevant government information here.

Contact tracing: Contact information for patrons attending this event will be collected at the point of online, phone or box office ticket purchase. This information will be held for 28 days, in accordance with Government requirements, and used for contact tracing if necessary.

For more information on COVID-19 safety measures in place at Ten Days on the Island, follow this link.

Image: The Flower Fairy / La Fee aux Fleurs (France, 1905); The Wonderful Beehive / La Ruche Merveilleuse (France, 1905); Ralph Benefits by People’s Curiosity / Toto Exploite la Curiosité (France, 1909) from The Corrick Collection; courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).


FULL PRICE: $29.00
CHILD (16 AND UNDER): $20.00
FAMILY (2A+2C): $80.00
GROUP (6+): $26.10
$4.95 transaction fee applies

Dates & Times

Gaiety Theatre Sat 6 March 2021 7:00 pm
Gaiety Theatre Sun 7 March 2021 2:00 pm
Mechanics' Institute Hall Fri 12 March 2021 7:00 pm
Mechanics' Institute Hall Sat 13 March 2021 2:00 pm
Theatre Royal - Main Stage Sat 20 March 2021 8:30 pm
Theatre Royal - Main Stage Sun 21 March 2021 5:00 pm

Venue Details

Gaiety Theatre

114 Main St, Zeehan TAS 7469

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Mechanics' Institute Hall

11A King St, Scottsdale TAS 7260

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Theatre Royal - Main Stage

29 Campbell St, nipaluna/Hobart

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Presented by the National Film and Sound Archive digital restoration program – NFSA Restores –
reviving Australia’s cinema icons.