Gaston Melies and His Wandering Star Film Company
52 min • Culture, History • 2018
In 1912-1913, movie pioneer Gaston Melies, brother of Georges Mélies, did a ten month long trip around Asia-Pacific, shooting both documentaries and fictions on location in Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Java, Singapore, Cambodia and Japan. He wanted the “real” thing”. He filmed with the locals, being one of the first to give Polynesians, Maoris, Aborigines and Khmers a chance to appear on screen.