Production still from Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) 1959 / Dir: Satyajit Ray / Image courtesy: Janus Films

Satyajit Ray: The Restorations

One of the common misconceptions about cinematic history is that in this digital age we can watch almost any film that has screened in a cinema. And even if we can’t get them on DVD, great director’s films are surely lovingly preserved in a film archive somewhere in the world? Unfortunately that’s not always the…

Production still from Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant) 1972 / Image courtesy: Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation

The tenderness of the wolves

The Australian Cinémathèque begins a two-part retrospective of works by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. His films were provocative during his lifetime, and his stories continue to resonate with contemporary audiences. I’d like to be for cinema what Shakespeare was for theatre, Marx for politics and Freud for psychology: someone after whom nothing is as it used to be.1…

Inferno

Delve deep into the world of rare horror films

‘Gothic, Giallo, Gore’ showcases rare horror film prints from around the world Nearly all of the films being screened during ‘Gothic, Giallo, Gore: Masters of Italian Horror’ have arrived on 35mm prints shipped over from Italy and America. To present this collection of cult horror classics The Australian Cinémathèque reached out to national archives, private…

Blind Cinema

Sit blindfolded as a child describes a film in hushed tones

In the darkness of a cinema, the adult audience sits blindfolded, behind sits a child who describes in hushed tones a film they are seeing for the very first time. Accompanied by a soundtrack (which has no dialogue), the whispered descriptions are an attempt by the children to make sense of what they see projected…

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

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 Co-presented with Brisbane Festival, ‘Gothic, Giallo, Gore:…

Battleship Potemkin

Watch Battleship Potemkin with music live by Camerata

Presented in partnership with Brisbane Festival and in association with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA will screen a new digital restoration of Battleship Potemkin 1925 in the Concert Hall at The Old Museum on 24 September 2017. Ten piece string ensemble Camerata will accompany the film with an improvised soundtrack that brings…