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Australia's Silent Film Festival


2021 Shows  
  • For the immediate and foreseeable future all bookings for the shows will be prepaid online before the sessions. No cash transactions will take place at the door.  
  • Movies at Manly  
  • The Festival with assistance from Northern Beaches' Council shall present in Manly a season of classic sound and silent films across a number of Saturdays in coming months at St. Matthew's Church Manly, corner of Darley Road and the Corso.  
  • We hope that you can attend.  
  • Three sessions each Saturday (12 pm; 3 pm; and 6 pm) on May 15 and 29; June 12 and 26; and July 3 and 10.  
  • This Movies at Manly season includes 5 silent film sessions enhanced by the accompaniment of such superb musicians as Riley Lee, Mauro Colombis and Graeme Costin.  
  • 18 sessions of classic cinema, 1917 through to the 1970s, from Australia, US, Britain, Japan and India. The season showcases the silver screen talents of figures such as Fred Astaire and Vincente Minnelli; Buster Keaton; Charles and Elsa Chauvel; Lon Chaney; Ozu; Michael Powell; Chaplin; Arbuckle; the Beatles; Louis Armstrong; Mickey Mouse;Frank Hurley; Ernest Lubitsch; and many more.  
  • Buy Tickets online at the banner on the right hand side of this Festival home page or through the links in the Movies at Manly Festival Program below.  
  • A Discounted Day Pass (3 sessions on aspecific day) is available. A Discounted Full Festival Pass to all 18 sessions is available. Call T 0419 267 318 to arrange. Each supporter who purchases a Discounted Full Festival Pass shall receive a complimentary film book gift.  
  • For the immediate and foreseeable future all bookings for the shows will be prepaid online before the sessions. No cash transactions will take place at the door. Call T 0419 267 318 for further details about Discounted Full Festival and Day Passes.  
  • Movies at Manly Festival Program ticketing and session details Click Here  
  • 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."  
  • State Library NSW  
  • Covid Safety Plan  
  • The State Library NSW maintains conditions of entry and is following guidelines as per the NSW Health checklist. All patrons who attend a session must check in to the State Library using the QR code provided at the Library entrances. The State Library recommends the wearing of face masks if social distancing is not possible.  
  • For the immediate and foreseeable future all bookings for ourshows will be prepaid before the session through the Trybooking link on the right side of the website home page at the 'Buy Tickets' banner. No cash transactions will take place at the door.  
  • For the comfort and safety of our patrons and staff the Festival has made several operational changes:  
    * Physical distancing in the Auditorium leaving one seat between people. 
    * Stay home if unwell.  
    These conditions are subject to change.  
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium April 11 Sunday at 2pm. Master Director Bruce Beresford's award winning, Breaker Morant (1980) 107 minutes with soundtrack. The film garnered international acclaim..this riveting drama based on true events..featuring superb performances by Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson and Bryan Brown; rugged cinematography by Donald McAlpine;and an Oscar nominated script. Tickets at Buy Tickets banner the website home page right hand side. More details Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium April 18 Sunday at 2pm. Master Director's Cecil B DeMille's wonderful silent domestic comedy, Why Change Your Wife? (1920) On its release the film broke attendance records in every city it was shown. Gloria Swanson stars in this feature: "ravishing gowns, masterful mood lighting, sumptuous sets and a film written by a woman for women and giving us an insight into how women were redefining themselves." 91 minutes with live music, Mauro Colombis. Tickets at Buy Tickets banner the website home page right hand side. More details Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium May 9 Sunday at 2pm. Some Like It Hot (1959) 120 minutes with soundtrack. Billy Wilder's dazzling film with starring performances from Curtis, Lemmon and Marilyn. Tickets at Buy Tickets banner the website home page right hand side. More details Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium May 23 Sunday at 2pm. Mabel Normand, comedy star of early cinema, in The Extra Girl (1923) 73 minutes with live music, Mauro Colombis. Tickets at Buy Tickets banner the website home page right hand side. More details Click Here
  • More details of these sessions and additional shows will be added to the website. Please stay in touch. 
      E: info@ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au 
      T: 0419 267 318 
  • 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/
  • 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. Visit Mark's amazing new site, the Penny Gaff, at href=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/ 
  • 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 
  • "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. 
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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.”

    Click Here to Visit the Archive section to access full details of the many wondrous sessions presented since the beginning of 2007


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