Australia's Silent Film Festival

Upcoming Silent Film Events 2014




Australia's Silent Film Festival salutes Charlie Chaplin's start in film 100 years ago in 1914.

Charlie's genius captivated and enchanted audiences around the world within a very short period of time.  That relationship has never ended.  The whole world claims Charlie as its own: the qualities in his roles as director, actor and composer are timeless and universal.

There are a number of exciting shows planned.  The Festival invites you to join in the celebration.

Please note that tickets can be bought online (unless otherwise advised) through this website on the lower right hand side: click on Buy Tickets banner. 

  • Sydney: State Library NSW November 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Five Sundays at 2pm  all with live music and many Australian premieres of restored classic silents! November 2 Japanese master director Ozu’s silent film, Passing Fancy, with English sub-titles.  November 9 The Australian premiere of the digital high definition restoration of the astonishing Hunchback of Notre Dame with Lon Chaney.  In Charlie Chaplin’s Centenary year 1914-2014 Australian premieres of the digital high definition restorations of the Genius of Charlie Chaplin at the Mutual Studio: November 16 Behind the Screen; The Rink; and Easy Street. November 23 One AM; The Count; The Pawnshop. November 30 The Cure: The Immigrant: The Adventurer. Tickets at Festival website on this page right hand side. Discounted pass available to all 5 sessions. Details about sessions Click Here
    Sydney: State Library NSW November 11: Remembrance Day Tuesday @ 2pm World War1 themed feature with sound track and pre-film talk by Graham Shirley.  The restored and acclaimed Charles Chauvel film, Forty Thousand Horsemen, (1940)Tickets at Festival website on this page right hand side. Details about sessions Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Free films celebrating remembering and restoring cinema. Two sessions Thursday at 12 noon, October 23.  Don’t Call Me Girlie  acclaimed documentary that tells the fascinating story of Australia’s movie heroines from the birth of cinema to World War 2;  and Friday at 2pm November 7 The Australian premiere of the restored high definition Frank Sinatra 1954 drama, Suddenly.   Details about sessions Click Here
  • Sydney: 220 Pitt Street Tuesday at 6.30pm October 28 Annual fundraiser in the Wesley Theatre with its large screen projection. In Charlie Chaplin’s Centenary year 1914-2014 Australian premiere of the digital high definition restoration of the Genius of Charlie Chaplin: The Floor walker: The Fireman: The Vagabond. Live accompaniment by acclaimed theatre organist David Bailey. Fundraiser. Details about session Click Here

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  • NSW State Library January 11, 18 and 25 at 2pm. Three Sundays of Charlie’s greatest films with soundtracks: The Circus, Monsieur Verdoux and Limelight.
  • NSW State Library February 1, Sunday at 2pm. Charlie’s anniversary show with a selection of the Tramp’s best comedy shorts with live music.
  • Sutherland Entertainment Centre February 21 Saturday: two shows, 11 am and 7.30 pm with live music. Comedy shorts’ sessions with lunch: Charlie: Buster Keaton: Australia’s Clyde Cook: Roscoe Arbuckle: Laurel and Hardy and an evening show with Charlie’s The Gold Rush and a 1902 short from Georges Méliès.
  • NSW State Library March 8, April 12, May 10 and June 14 at 2pm. Four Sundays of the greatest documentaries of the silent era including an Oscar nominated film and a number of Australian premieres of digital restorations.
  • NSW State Library. The other Hollywoods: silent cinema in Europe and Asia.  Easter Saturday April 4 and Easter Monday April 6, four sessions, all with live music, of silent classics from France, China, Russia and Japan.  11am and 2pm sessions each day, four films in total.  Discounted Festival Pass to all four sessions available.
  • NSW State Library Anzac Day Saturday April 25 at 2pm.  The restored and acclaimed Charles Chauvel film Rats of Tobruk (1944).
  • More details of these sessions and additional shows shall be added soon.

David Shepard
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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