Australian Film Was Really First Feature
Despite what you learned in Film Studies in college, Buzzkillers, “The Great Train Robbery” (1903) was not the first feature film. After all, it was only 10 minutes long! The first, true feature-length film was “The Story of the Kelly Gang,” an Australian production from 1906. It was 100 minutes long (which is still standard nowadays) and was screened on its own in cinemas (rather than being just one part of a longer program). “The Great Train Robbery” was very important in the history of cinema, Buzzkillers, don’t get me wrong. It pioneered jump cuts, close-ups, and had a complex story line. But it was still a short subject. The Aussies beat Hollywood to the punch!