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2020 shows  
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  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium January 25 Saturday at 2pm. Walkabout (1971). Australia and the Silver Screen. 100 minutes with soundtrack. "A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to cope in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg. Along the way, they meet a young aborigine on his "walkabout," a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are initiated into manhood by journeying into the wilderness alone. Walkabout is a thrilling adventure as well as a provocative rumination on time and civilization." Screened and nominated 1971 Cannes Film Festival." Tickets $25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318. More details about session Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium January 26 Sunday at 2pm. Malcolm (1986). Australia and the Silver Screen. 85 minutes with soundtrack. "Nadia Tass's Malcolm was originally released in 1986 and struck a national chord with the Australian public as a genuine expression of offbeat Australian humour. This charming comedy is the story of slow-witted Malcolm (Colin Friels) a young man with a genius for mechanical devices. When Malcolm loses his job as a conductor - for building his own tram - he meets Frank (John Hargreaves) a man with a shady past who moves in to help Malcolm pay the bills. Cue Malcolm's unusual entry into a life of crime. Assisted by Frank, and the remote control tinker toys he once used to pick up milk from the corner shop, Malcolm lays his plans to pull off the heist of the century.... Accompanied by an infectious music score, you can again witness the magical combination invention and true originality that saw Malcolm win 8 AFI Awards, including Best Film, in 1986." Tickets $25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318. More details about session Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium February 9 Sunday at 2pm. The Circus (1928). Tribute to Charlie Chaplin: the Tramp in films since 1914. 72 minutes with soundtrack. " In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin revels in the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists who inspired his virtuoso pratfalls. After being mistaken for a pickpocket, Chaplin's Tramp flees into the ring of a travelling circus and soon becomes the star of the show, falling for the troupe's bareback rider along the way. Despite its famously troubled production, this gag-packed comedy ranks among Chaplin's finest, thanks to some of the most audacious set pieces of the director-performer's career, including a close brush with a lion and a climactic tightrope walk with a barrelful of monkeys. The Circus, which was rereleased in 1969 with a new score by Chaplin, is an uproarious high-wire act that showcases silent cinema's most popular entertainer at the peak of his comic powers." New 4K digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin's 1969 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin. Tickets $25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318. More details about session Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium Love and the Silent Silver Screen March 1 Sunday at 2pm. Blackmail (1929). Directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock 84 minutes live music with Mauro Colombis. Tickets $30/ $25 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318. More details about session Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium Love and the Silent Silver Screen March 8 Sunday at 2pm. The triple Oscar winning and timeless Sunrise (1927). Directed by F.W. Murnau 94 minutes with soundtrack. Tickets $25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318. More details about session Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium Love and the Silent Silver Screen March 15 Sunday at 2pm. Australian premiere of the recently restored digital edition of Tonka of the Gallows (1930). aka Tonka Sibenice 81 minutes with soundtrack. Tickets $25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318. More details about session Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium Australian Master Director Bruce Beresford April 5 Sunday at 2pm. Breaker Morant (1980). 107 minutes with soundtrack. Tickets $25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318. More details soon.
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium Superstars of the Silver Screen May 3 Sunday at 2pm. William Hart, the original screen cowboy, in Hell's Hinges (1916). 64 minutes live music with Mauro Colombis. Tickets $30/ $25 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318. More details soon.
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium Superstars of the Silver Screen May 10 Sunday at 2pm. The sublime talents of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the Academy Award winning Swing Time (1936). 103 minutes with soundtrack. Directed by multiple award winning director, George Stevens. Tickets $25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318. More details soon.
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium Superstars of the Silver Screen May 17 Sunday at 2pm. Actor and singer extraordinaire, Paul Robeson, in The Proud Valley (1940). 76 minutes with soundtrack. Tickets $25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318. More details soon.
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  • Sydney February 15. World premiere with live music of NFSA's new digital restoration of The Sentimental Bloke (1919). Details at https://www.westpacopenair.com.au/film-program/feb-15-the-sentimental-bloke 
  • NFSA Tribute to Felix the Cat: Happy 100th birthday, Felix! Details at https://www.nfsa.gov.au/latest/100-years-felix-cat
  • AMUSU Theatre and Movie Museum in Manildra NSW. Allan Tom's AMUSU Theatre 95th Anniversary 1923-2018. "In 1923 a young man named Allan Tom realised his dream when he 'took to the road' with a 'Travelling Picture Show'. Screening in marquees and halls in all kinds of weather, bringing entertainment to people in remote outback areas. Firstly Allan screened 'silent movies' and then with the advent of 'talkies' the 'AMUSU Touring Talkies' was born. "More details at http://www.amusutheatre.com/
  • NFSA new online exhibition on Annette Kellerman, Sydney born star of the silent screen. Details at https://www.nfsa.gov.au/collection/online-exhibition/annette-kellerman-australias-fearless-mermaid 
  • Essential Australian Women Directors selected by David Stratton. The Cheaters (1929) https://www.sff.org.au/program/browse/the-cheaters 
  • Graham Shirley : Pioneering Australian Female Filmmakers, the McDonagh Sisters. Essay at https://www.nfsa.gov.au/latest/mcdonagh-sisters-australian-filmmaking-pioneers 
  • CON COLLEANO, the world famous wizard of the wire: Mark St Leon and NFSA. Details at https://www.nfsa.gov.au/latest/con-colleano 
  • Tribute to the astonishing achievements of the late David Shepard in silent film preservation, restoration and presentation to world audiences. Details at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRH6-79k83I 
  • Rod Blackmore OAM and his wondrous tribute site to Australasian Theatre Organs. Details at http://www.theatreorgansaust.info/ 
  • Quality cinema presentations since September 1896. In that month Marius Sestier gave private demonstrations of the Lumiere cinematographe at the Lyceum Theatre and presented the first exhibition of the cinematographe to the public at 237 Pitt Street, Sydney, the Salon Lumiere. 
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  • David Shepard
    In Memoriam

    1940-2017
    Film Preservation Associates,
    Lobster Films, Paris

    ""How to explain that this Festival selection of eighty and ninety-year-old movies and their predecessor, the magic lantern show, will attract, engage and satisfy audiences in the 21st century? Above all, the organizers have selected excellent, valid works of film art.”

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