Australia's Silent Film Festival

Upcoming Silent Film Events 2015



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  • Sydney State Library NSW Three Sundays January 11, 18 and 25 at 2 pm  Charlie Chaplin classic films with soundtracks The Circus; Monsieur Verdoux and Limelight. Tickets at Festival website on this page. Discounted pass to all 3 sessions available.  Details about sessions Click Here

  • Sydney State Library NSW Sunday February 1 at 2pm To commemorate the 101st anniversary of the first Charlie Chaplin film release the Festival and the State Library NSW are proud to present the Australian premieres of digital restorations of 3 shorts from Charlie’s time at the Essanay Studios in 1915: Work, A Woman and The Tramp. All with live music. Tickets at Festival website on right hand side banner. Details about session Click Here.

  • Sydney: Sutherland: Saturday February 21: Sutherland Entertainment Centre and the Festival are proud to host a series of silent classics with live music. Morning and after lunch sessions with six different shorts from Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, and Australia’s Clyde Cook; 7.30pm session The Gold Rush and a rare presentation of the iconic Georges Melies historic short, in colour, A Trip to the Moon (1902). Dinner packages available. Digital presentations of restored silent film. 30 Eton Street Sutherland. Inquiries and bookings through the Entertainment Centre 9521 8888. Details about sessions Click Here

  • Sydney State Library NSW Great Documentaries of the Silent Era.  Four Sundays at 2pm March 8 The Great White Silence (1924); April 12 Oscar nominated Chang(1928); May 10 Legong Dance of the Virgins(1935); and June 14 The Silent Enemy(1930).  Tickets at Festival website at banner on right hand side of this page. Discounted pass to all 4 sessions available.  Details about sessions Click Here 
  • Sydney   State Library NSW The Other Hollywoods: silent classic cinema in Europe and Asia. Easter Saturday and Easter Monday Four Sessions with English surtitles and live music. Saturday April 4 at 11 am (France) Au Bonheur des dames and A Trip to the Moon (1902) in colour; at 2 pm (China) The Goddess. Monday April 6 at 11 am (Russia) Bed and Sofa; at 2pm (Japan) I Was Born, But… Tickets at Festival website on this page. Discounted pass to all 4 sessions available.  Details about sessions Click Here

  • Sydney   State Library NSW Saturday April 25 @ 2pm World War 2 themed feature with soundtrack. The restored and acclaimed Charles Chauvel film, The Rats of Tobruk (1944). Tickets at Festival website on this page. More program details Click Here

  • More details of these sessions and additional shows will be added. Please stay in touch.



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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