William Shakespeare (1564-1616): 460th Anniversary Tribute
Shakespeare on the Screen across the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries

Overview and survey of Shakespeare on Screen. From the silent cinema to contemporary filmmakers, the timeless power of Shakespeare’s rich treasures has shaped and transformed the narrative and visual content of cinema. He remains the most frequently adapted author in the history of film.

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977): Birth of the Tramp
Two Anniversaries to celebrate!

Two Anniversaries to celebrate: 135 years since his birth and 110 years since he started his stellar career in films. Overview of his early years in film 1914-1917. In 1914 the Tramp was born. At the Keystone Studios with baggy pants, ill-fitting jacket and a small bowler hat, he launched a brilliant career as actor, writer, producer and director. He changed the course of filmmaking forever.

The Movies Begin!
An overview of the first 30 years of cinema. Technology, stars, studios, mass entertainment and the audience.


Planning is underway for a roll-out of short and weekend courses that explore the development of cinema. The purpose of the courses is to make learning about movies as pleasurable as it is watching them.

The courses will span over one hundred years of film history and will introduce the talents behind and in front of the camera. All major achievements of the silent and sound periods will be examined.

The inimitable Serge Bromberg wrote, “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.”

In a film course the role of the audience should be remembered and respected.

Please register your interest in updates about the courses at info@ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au.