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2020 shows  
  • "It's fun to find films, to restore them, but it's much, much more fun to restore the audience." Serge Bromberg 
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  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium August 2 Sunday at 2pm. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1920).Literature and the Silent Silver Screen live music with Mauro Colombis. This famous story has been filmed many times, but this silent version captures the Victorian atmosphere and struggle between good and evil realistically, while legendary actor, John Barrymore is unforgettable in the lead role. A true horror movie, this film is considered to be most faithful to the original book. "In this 1920 silent version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, John Barrymore is dignified and virtuous as Dr Henry Jekyll, and transforms into Id incarnate as the lascivious Mr. Hyde with almost no make-up beyond his gnarled, knobby fingers and greasy hair, relying almost solely on a bug-eyed grimace, a spidery body language and pure theatrical flourish. He tends to be hammy as the leering beast of a thug but brings a tortured struggle to the repressed doctor, horrified at the demon he's unleashed, guilty that he enjoys Hyde's unrestrained life of drinking and whoring and terrified that he can no longer control the transformations. Martha Mansfield co-stars as his pure and innocent sweetheart, and Nita Naldi (the vamp of Blood and Sand) has a small but memorable role as the world-weary dance-hall darling who first "wakens" Jekyll's "baser nature". ". Tickets $30/ $25 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318. More details Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium Superstars of the Silver Screen August 16 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 Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium Superstars of the Silver Screen August 23 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 Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium Superstars of the Silver Screen August 30 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 Click Here
  • More details of these sessions and additional shows will be added to the website. Please stay in touch. 
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  • Australia and the Silver Screen  
  • 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/ 
  • John Buchanan OAM and his fascinating history of the swing era. Details at http://www.swingeramusic.com/history-swing-era/ 
  • Kev Franzi, Australian documentary filmmaker and elder statesman and historian of the film industry, operates the extraordinary Movie Museum and Electric Theatre . The Museum houses his unique Australian Cinema Heritage Collection and his latest venture, CinemaWorks. Details at http://www.cinemaworks.net.au/ 
  • 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. 
  • "It's fun to find films, to restore them, but it's much, much more fun to restore the audience." Serge Bromberg 
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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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