Dedicated to screening rare & significant films in their original format.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run film society.

We hold screenings at The Australian Centre for the Moving image every Wednesday night for most of the year.

Admission is by membership, which can be obtained on a monthly or yearly basis.


November 29

Daryl Dellora (1991) 58 mins
Unclassified 15+ (unless accompanied by an adult)

A moving profile of the work and life of High Court judge Lionel Murphy and his role in the introduction of many radical legal and political reforms. This stylish investigative documentary, produced by Maslin in partnership with Dellora, explores issues of surveillance and human rights while highlighting the complex legal procedures that both protect and fail Australian society. Featuring Ernie Dingo as Mr. Neal.

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Don’t Let The Bastards Win: Daryl Dellora’s ‘Mr Neal is Entitled to Be an Agitator’ by James Waters.

Followed by

Conspiracy Daryl Dellora (1994) 58 mins. Unclassified 15 + (unless accompanied by an adult). A provocative examination of the 1978 Sydney Hilton Hotel bombing that prompted a re-investigation of the unsolved crime. Both films received recognition at the Australian Human Rights Awards.

Screening to be introduced by the filmmakers.

Daryl Dellora (1998) 55 mins
Unclassified 15+ (unless accompanied by an adult)

This award-winning collaboration between director Dellora and producer Sue Maslin is a model arts documentary tracing the fascinating and often torrid construction of the Sydney Opera House. Featuring an illuminating interview with the building’s visionary architect, Jørn Utzon, it is also a bracing portrait of Australia’s recent cultural history.

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The Jorn Utzon Debacle: ‘The Edge of the Possible’ by Flora Georgiou.

Followed by

Harry Seidler – Modernist Daryl Dellora (2016) 58 mins. Unclassified 15 + (unless accompanied by an adult). Dellora and Maslin’s latest collaboration is an intimate portrait of Australia’s most celebrated and controversial modernist architect. This beautifully apportioned documentary includes fascinating archival footage of Seidler and his work, interviews with colleagues such as Norman Foster, and contemporary images of iconic commissions such as Blues Point Tower.

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The Language of Design: ‘Harry Seidler: Modernist’ by Rhiannon Dalglish.


The Melbourne Cinémathèque started out as the Melbourne University Film Society (MUFS) in 1948 and changed its name to Cinémathèque in 1984.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque aims to present films in the medium they were created and as closely as possible to screen films the way they would have originally screened (i.e. big screen, celluloid prints, not video or DVD).

Programmes include a diverse selection of classic and contemporary films showcasing director retrospectives, special guest appearances and thematic series including archival material and new or restored prints.

We have on occasion hosted numerous seminars featuring renowned film scholars such as David Bordwell, Adrian Martin and Ian Christie. We are also dedicated to providing new annotations on the films we screen via the CTEQ annotations, hosted as a part of the quarterly online film journal Senses of Cinema.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque is self-administered and membership-driven relying on support from individuals, foundations, corporations and government funding to maintain its high standard of excellence. If you would like to be involved, or to offer donations or sponsorship, please contact us.

Presented by The Melbourne Cinémathèque and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Curated by the Melbourne Cinémathèque.

Curatorial Committee: Michael Koller, Michelle Carey, Adrian Danks and Eloise Ross with assistance from Cerise Howard.

Supported by Screen Australia and Film Victoria.


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