Gruesome and exhilarating, Italian horror screens at GOMA


The Australian Cinémathèque presents exclusive cinema projects and events in collaboration with Brisbane Festival this September, including a rare experience to enjoy classic Italian horror films on the big screen, the Australian premiere of ‘Blind Cinema’, and a special live performance of Suspiria and Battleship Potemkin.

Masters of Italian Horror

Production still from Black Sunday 1960 / Director: Mario Bava / Image courtesy: NAOR World Media Films

Co-presented with Brisbane Festival, ‘Gothic, Giallo, Gore: Masters of Italian Horror’ celebrates the works of the three most prominent directors of Italian horror cinema: Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, and Dario Argento, with the horror film program celebrating the main auteurs of the Italian giallo film genre.

From Bava’s deeply influential gothic works, Argento’s mastery of the lurid thriller, and Fulci’s gory oeuvre, fans of horror cinema can expect a wildly gruesome and exhilarating month of cinema at GOMA. Cinema audiences can experience the best films of these iconic directors on the big screen – with bone-chilling highlights such as Bava’s gothic Black Sunday 1960, Fulci’s gory Zombi 2 1979, and Argento’s masterpieces Deep Red 1975 and Suspiria 1977.

The horror program launches on Friday 8 September with a screening of The Bird with the Crystal Plumage 1970 (which fittingly opens in an art gallery), introduced by film critic and author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. The giallo program includes rare 35mm prints from private and national archives, alongside vibrant new digital restorations.

Gothic, Giallo, Gore: Masters of Italian Horror

8 September – 1 October 2017


Blind Cinema

For a less terrifying cinematic experience, the Gallery presents the Australian premiere of Blind Cinema‘ during Brisbane Festival. Developed by London and Brussels based artist Britt Hatzius, ‘Blind Cinema’ is a collaborative act that invites adult audiences to experience a film while blindfolded, with a child who describes in hushed tones the film they are seeing for the very first time.

Blind Cinema

19-23 September 2017


Production still from Suspiria 1977 / Director: Dario Argento / Image courtesy: Umbrella Entertainment

The Gallery is also co-presenting two special events offsite during the Brisbane Festival, at much-loved Brisbane venues The Tivoli and the Old Museum. In conjunction with the giallo horror program, the Australian Cinémathèque and Brisbane Festival bring Rome-based progressive-rock legends Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin to Brisbane for an exclusive event ‘Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin Play Suspiria’. Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will perform their film score live alongside a screening of Suspiria on Friday 22 September at The Tivoli. Claudio Simonetti and Goblin were the musical masterminds behind the beloved scores for horror classics like Deep Red 1975 and Tenebre 1982.

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin Play Suspiria

8.00pm Friday 22 September 2017 (1hr 40mins)
The Tivoli, Costin Street, Fortitude Valley


Production still from Battleship Potemkin 1925 / Director: Sergei Eisenstein / Image courtesy: Mosfilm

Presented in partnership with Brisbane Festival and in association with Camerata (Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra), QAGOMA presents Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin 1925, in a special live performance at the Old Museum. Often cited as one of the greatest films of all time, this new restoration of a silent masterpiece will be brought to life with a stunning new score performed live by Camerata.

Bronenosets Patyomkin (Battleship Potemkin) 1925 PG

4.00pm Sunday 24 September 2017 (1hr 15mins)
The Old Museum, 480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills

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Feature image: Production still from Blood and Black Lace 1964 / Director: Mario Bava / Image courtesy: Compass Films