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2019 shows  
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  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium- classic centenary 1919-2019 : South (1919) with soundtrack, 80 minutes. Sunday at 2pm July 7. Sydney born Frank Hurley made this acclaimed film record of Sir Ernest Shackleton's heroic but ill-starred attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914-16. It is both a unique historical document, and a tribute to the indomitable courage of a small party of men who set out on a voyage of discovery that turned into an epic struggle for survival. Before the presentation Graham Shirley shall introduce the film. Graham, former senior curator and historian at the National Film and Sound Archive, now works on a freelance basis as an oral historian, film historian and archival researcher. More details about session Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium- classic centenary 1919- 2019: Don't Change Your Husband (1919), 80 minutes; live music with Mauro Colombis. Sunday at 2pm August 4. An early Cecil B. DeMille film with the delightful Gloria Swanson the star in an amusing battle between the sexes. More details about session Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium- Harold Lloyd, a Prince of Clowns. The Kid Brother (1927) with Gaylord Carter's exquisite theatre organ soundtrack. Sunday at 2pm September 15. Laughter is the best medicine with Harold's supreme silent combining comedy, romance and drama. Tickets $25/$20 at the website home page right hand side or call T 0419 267318. More details about session Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium- Buster Keaton, a Prince of Clowns. A Stone Face Classic with soundtrack. Sunday at 2pm October 6. Laughter is the best medicine with Buster as director and star in his comic masterpiece unmatched for hilarity and visual virtuosity. More details soon.
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium- Remembrance Day Silver Screen Tribute with soundtrack. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018). Sunday at 2pm November 10. The documentary is an extraordinary and unique look back at WW1 using never-before-seen film footage captured at the time and narrated by British survivors of the war. Award winning director and producer Peter Jackson employed state of the art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage more than a century old. More details soon.
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium- Happy Birthday! Let's celebrate Charlie Chaplin's 130th Birthday with some of the Tramp's greatest shorts; live music with Mauro Colombis. Sunday at 2pm November 17. More details soon.
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium- Happy Birthday! Let's celebrate Charlie Chaplin's 130th Birthday with some of the Tramp's greatest shorts; live music with Mauro Colombis. Sunday at 2pm November 24. More details soon.
  • More details of these sessions and additional shows will be added to the website. Please stay in touch. 
      E: info@ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au 
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  • Australia and the Silver Screen  
  • 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/ 
  • Tribute to Bill Collins OAM 1934-2019 by Camille Scaysbrook. Click Here 
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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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