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.


August 23

Paul Verhoeven (1997) 129 mins MA

Reviled by many upon release as an exercise in “fascist camp,” this incendiary satiric masterpiece based on Robert A. Heinlein’s 1959 novel now seems like the defining film of the Fox News era. Verhoeven fuses a complex reverence for the codes of Western pop genres with a caustic examination of the self-deluding myths of US imperialism, rendered in terms that offer a thrilling riposte to today’s more formally and politically conservative blockbusters. A masterfully sustained work of “deep dive” satire, equal parts Roy Lichtenstein and Leni Riefenstahl, media semiotics and money shots – and thunderously entertaining to boot.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.

Starship Troopers and Plato’s Republic: The Pop Philosophy of Paul VerhoevenRoboCop by Dan Shaw


9:20pm ROBOCOP
Paul Verhoeven (1987) 102 mins M

Verhoeven’s second major international film after the Spanish-Dutch-US co-production Flesh+Blood is a thinly veiled satire depicting the future corporatisation of politics and the militarisation of law enforcement. The film drew inspiration from the Judge Dredd comic-book character and was produced from an original screenplay co-written by Edward Neumeier who would later go on to adapt Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. Verhoeven’s breakthrough commercial film stars Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy and Peter Weller as the cyborg cop haunted by his residual humanity.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.

Fascism for Liberals: RoboCopinct by Christian McCrea



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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MARCH 16, 7:00PM Douglas Sirk’s ALL I DESIRE to be replaced by Billy Wilder’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY as part of the Barbara Stanwyck program.