This clip shows the troopers outside the Glenrowan hotel. Joe Byrne is shot. Steve and Dan shoot each other rather than be caught. The police set fire to the hotel and Father Gibney runs into the burning hotel to save the wounded platelayer. This clip has severe nitrate damage.
Despite the nitrate damage, there’s a lot going on in the scene outside the pub. Note how one of the policemen carries a pile of hay forward to the house, to set the fire; as the family rushes out from the pub, you can just see that the woman in front drops one of her children as she reaches the end of the porch, which looks like it was not meant to happen. The police keep firing, regardless, even at the risk of hitting their own man, and the brave priest, Father Gibney who tries to stop them firing. Here again, the cameraman makes small pans left and right to keep the action centred. The titles in this clip are a latter addition. The film was presented initially without titles. The red tint on the firing of the hotel is a modern approximation of the original tinting. The final shot of this clip, as the priest carries the man over his shoulder, towards the camera, is interesting – a sign that the director was thinking of how to maximise the film’s visual power.