Battleship Potemkin


Screening in the 100th anniversary year of the Russian Revolution, Battleship Potemkin chronicles the Potemkin mutiny, one of the key historical events which lead to the 1917 revolution. While made over 90 years ago, the film’s themes of a populace crushed by the weight of political regimes and rebellion for individual freedom resonate today.

…it remains the essence of revolutionary cinema: a film about a revolution, made as part of the revolution, in a revolutionary way… Steve Rose, The Guardian

Sergei Eisenstein’s silent film is often cited as one of the greatest films of all time. A powerful story of uprising, the film features one of the most iconic sequences in film: a pram with a child careering down the Odessa steps while soldiers march behind it.

Such stirring scenes caused the film to be banned in several countries including UK, USA and France as it was thought to contain a genuinely subversive potential. Reportedly, the director hoped the film would be rescored throughout successive generations so the story would remain fresh to new viewers and would retain its potent message of revolutionary fervour.

Rosie Hays is Associate Curator, Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA

Battleship Potemkin
Battleship Potemkin 1925 poster

Hear artists tell their stories / Read about your Collection / Subscribe to QAGOMA YouTube to go behind-the-scenes

QAGOMA is the only Australian art gallery with purpose-built facilities dedicated to film and the moving image. The Australian Cinémathèque at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) provides an ongoing program of film and video that you’re unlikely to see elsewhere, offering a rich and diverse experience of the moving image, showcasing the work of influential filmmakers and international cinema, rare 35mm prints, recent restorations and silent films with live musical accompaniment on the Gallery’s Wurlitzer organ originally installed in Brisbane’s Regent Theatre in November 1929.