Upcoming Shows 

Restoring the audience with classic silent and sound films!  


Please save these dates: July 23 and 30 and August 6 and 13.

See further details below.


May 22 Sunday at 1pm. 
Three Ages (1923) with live music.
65 minutes.
In his first independently produced feature film, Buster Keaton explores love and romance through three historical ages: the Stone Age, the Roman Age and the Modern Age. The film’s appeal endures with its sense of detail and pace and Buster’s luminous originality and invention.

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May 26 Thursday at 6pm.
Essential Cinema 100th Anniversary - Classic horror:
Nosferatu (1922) with soundtrack.
89 minutes. Photoplay Productions.
“Regarded as one of the most influential films from master director Murnau. A masterpiece of cinema, a Symphony of Horror.”

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June 5 Sunday at 1pm. 
100th Anniversary Grandma’s Boy (1922) with live music.
60 minutes.
"Harold Lloyd’s comedy concerns a timid coward seeking to woo his girl and defeat his rival. Even Harold’s feisty grandmother is tougher than he is, and it’s ultimately, she who helps him find his courage, with a tale from the past to inspire. Cinema enchantment. Grandma’s Boy was immensely popular and commercially successful.”

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June 19 Sunday at 1pm. 
Essential Cinema:
The Producers
(1968) with soundtrack.
88 minutes.
“Perhaps the funniest film ever made! An Oscar winning satirical black comedy from Mel Brooks, starring screen icons Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, delivers a wildly funny joy ride for audiences.”

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June 30 Thursday at 6pm.
Essential Cinema - Classic literature and the screen:
(1984) with soundtrack.
110 minutes.
‘A dark tale of human resilience, Orwell's dystopian vision of a totalitarian future is a landmark of science fiction storytelling. 1984 is a gripping and bleakly beautiful exploration of a future world where in the words of Orwell, "It's not so much staying alive, it's staying human that's important"’.

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August 21 Sunday at 1pm.
Little Women (1933) with soundtrack.
110 minutes.
“The 1933 film of Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women was the first 'talkie' version of the novel. Directed by George Cukor and starring Katharine Hepburn, the film came out during the Great Depression. Its message of resilience, frugality and the need for social reform resonated with audiences of the day. The moving story of the March girls buoyed the spirits, and it still does. Come and enjoy a large-screen presentation of this magnificent film.”

Susannah Fullerton, OAM, FRSN, author, literary tour leader, lecturer and President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, will introduce the film and lead a Question and Answer session afterwards.

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Movies at Manly©  

Please save these dates: July 23 and 30 and August 6 and 13.

With the support of Northern Beaches Council, Movies at Manly 2022 in the beautiful St Matthews Church shall take place over four consecutive Saturdays. Three shows each day: 11.30 am; 2 pm; and 4.30 pm.

Twelve sessions of enchantment from the silent and sound eras. The season features restored and treasured cinema classics for valued supporters. A number of these restorations will be Australian premieres. That’s Entertainment!

What is on the menu? Live music accompaniment to silent film classics from our superb musicians: Riley Lee, Mauro Colombis and Graeme Costin; the talents of Charlie Chaplin, Buster and the original Hunchback of Notre Dame; Australian Frank Hurley with his wondrous Antarctic documentary from 1919; grace and elegance from Fred and Ginger; Elvis; an Alfred Hitchcock classic; a Japanese silent feature from master director Ozu; Oscar winners galore and to close? The most acclaimed musical of all times and the winner of 10 Oscars, West Side Story (1961), and more.

The program seeks to restore the audience with classic sound and silent films.  Eight decades of enduring entertainment are on display showcasing live musical accompaniment to silent films and the extraordinary Australian achievements in front of and behind the camera. The magnificent films on offer celebrate the silver screen’s gold standard achievements over many decades and their connection to you the audience. Manly’s cultural DNA with the movies is strong and proud. In 1896, the first film shot, produced and screened in Australia was Marius Sestier’s “Passengers alighting from the paddle steamer ferry Brighton at Manly Wharf.”

Tickets and further session details in the links below.

23RD JULY (Saturday)
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  • South (1919) with soundtrack
  • Charlie Chaplin Shorts with live music (Mauro Colombis)
  • Swing Time (1936) with soundtrack.

30TH JULY (Saturday):
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  • The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) with soundtrack
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) with live music (Graeme Costin)
  • Elvis: That’s the Way It Is (1970) with soundtrack

6TH AUGUST (Saturday):
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  • Driving Miss Daisy (1989) with soundtrack
  • The Cameraman (1928) with live music (Mauro Colombis)
  • National Velvet (1945) with soundtrack

13TH AUGUST (Saturday):
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  • Rebecca (1940) with soundtrack
  • That Night’s Wife [その夜の妻, Sono Yo no Tsuma] (1930) with live music (Riley Lee)
  • West Side Story (1961) with soundtrack


Please stay in touch.
 E: info@ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
 T: 0419 267 318 


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

“Well, searching for films is like…..[being] a treasure hunter. You never know what treasure you’ll find. You want to go for more. You know there are more treasures to be found out there. That’s step number one. Then, step number two: you realize that the most important [thing] is not film hunting. The most important [thing] is audience hunting. Because a film only exists in the moment it is shown to someone.” Serge Bromberg

"The audience was the final creative contributor to the process of making a film." Kevin Brownlow in the classic early cinema text, The Parade's Gone By.

Australia and the Silver Screen

NFSA Tribute to Felix the Cat: Happy 100th birthday, Felix! Details at

CON COLLEANO, the world famous wizard of the wire: Mark St Leon and NFSA. Details at https://www.nfsa.gov.au/latest/con-colleano  Visit Mark's amazing new site, the Penny Gaff, at https://www.pennygaff.com.au 

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/

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/

Visit Nick Murphy's fascinating site dedicated to a number of the Australian actors who travelled to work overseas in the early part of the twentieth century. You will find detailed background on members of the original gumleaf mafia, Australians in Hollywood across the early decades of the movies! Details at https://forgottenaustralianactresses.com/

David Shepard
In Memoriam
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.”