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  • 2016 Shows 
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  • Sydney: State Library NSW:  Free Sessions on Thursdays, Restored and Remembered: October 13, 20 and 27.  Thursdays at 12 noon. Acclaimed restored films: Our Daily Bread (1934); Poet and Publisher (1961) includes an award winning Robert Frost documentary and The Age of Ballyhoo (1975) Narrated by Gloria Swanson. For more details click on the 2016 Festival Program notes at the bottom of this page
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  • Sydney: State Library NSW: Silents in the Library with live music: Five glorious Sundays at 2pm.  October 30: When the Clouds Roll By (1919); November 6: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1920); November 13: The Student Prince in Old Heidleberg (1927); November 20: The Australian premiere of the restored Timothy's Quest (1922); and November 27: The General (1926), Buster Keaton's masterpiece, 90 years young! Tickets $25/20 per session at this home page right hand side at banner BUY TICKETS or call T 0419 267 318. For more details about sessions click on the 2016 Festival Program notes at the bottom of this page.
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  • East Sydney: 15 Francis Street.  Near College Street and Hyde Park.  Sydney Unitarian Church.  Live music with grand piano for Parts 1 and 2.  Saturdays at 2pm.  Send in the Clowns! Part 1 November 5: Australian premieres of classic shorts from Arbuckle and Keaton, including Buster's first film! The Butcher Boy; The Rough House; His Wedding Night; and Oh Doctor!; Part 2 November 19: Max Linder Australian premiere, The Three Must Get Theres (1922) and Charley Chase's sublime, Mighty Like a Moose (1926); Part 3 November 26: Modern Times (1936), with soundtrack. Charlie Chaplin classic. Tickets $20 per session at this home page right hand side at banner BUY TICKETS or call T 0419 267 318. For more details about sessions click on the 2016 Festival Program notes at the bottom of this page.
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  • Sydney: State Library NSW: Remembrance Day The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks (1917) with soundtrack. Friday at 2pm. Pre-session talk and the Last Post to be played before the film. November 11 Tickets $20/15 at this home page right hand side at banner BUY TICKETS or call T 0419 267 318. For more details about sessions click on the 2016 Festival Program notes at the bottom of this page
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  • Save these dates for upcoming shows 2017  
  • Sydney: State Library NSW: Sundays at 2pm January 15, 22 and 29 ........sshhh laughter in the library! Restored silver screen classics I Married a Witch (1942); To Be or Not To Be (1942); The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950).
  • Sutherland Entertainment Centre February 4. Laughs galore in a matinee double header and at the evening session a very special treat...all with live music. Includes the Australian premiere of the high definition digital restoration of the silent masterpiece, The Phantom of the Opera!
  • Sydney: State Library NSW: Sunday at 2pm. February 12. Charlie Chaplin in shorts............The Tramp's Anniversary with live music
  • Sydney: State Library NSW: Sundays at 2pm March 5, 12, 19 and 26 Australians on the Silver Screen 1946-1959 The Overlanders (1946); Eureka Stockade (Massacre Hill) (1949); The Shiralee (1957); Siege of Pinchgut (Four Desperate Men (1959).
  • Sydney: State Library NSW: International Women's Day Wednesday at 2pm March 8
  • Sydney: State Library NSW: The Other Hollywoods........ Easter Saturday 11am and 2pm and Easter Monday 11am and 2pm. April 15 and 17
  • Sydney: State Library NSW: Shakespeare Anniversary. Sunday at 2pm. April 23
  • Sydney: State Library NSW: NSW Anzac Day Tuesday at 2pm. April 25
  • Sydney: State Library NSW: Sundays at 2pm May 7, 14, 21 and 28 Thrillers in the Library! It Always Rains on Sundays (1947); Brighton Rock (1947); The Fallen Idol (1948); Dead of Night (1945).
  • Sydney: State Library NSW: Charles Dickens Anniversary. Sunday at 2pm. June 25 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947).
  • Sydney: State Library NSW: Sundays at 2pm July 9, 16, 23 and 30 Silver screen tribute to Alfred Hitchcock 1929-1946 Murder (1930); Foreign Correspondent (1940); Notorious (1946); Blackmail (1929).
  • More details of these sessions and additional shows will be added to the website. Please stay in touch. www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au  T 0419 267 318 
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  • David Shepard
    Film Preservation Associates,
    USA
    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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