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.


December 19

Dušan Makavejev (1971) 84 mins – R

Makavejev’s incendiary punk provocation, a key work of the early 1970s European counterculture, premiered to great controversy in and outside of Yugoslavia. Deftly blending documentary and fiction, poststructuralist semiotics and sexual sociology, it begins as an investigation into the life and work of controversial psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich, before exploding into a free-form satirical narrative of sexual and aesthetic liberation, as befitting a nation on the verge of socio-political – and psychosexual – implosion. Makavejev’s seminal and playful film remains a definitive portrait of an entire generation’s aesthetic and libidinal unshackling.

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

‘WR: Mysteries of the Organism’ by Darragh O’Donoghue.

Dušan Makavejev (1988) 95 MINS – R

For this “deliciously bawdy fairy tale spun in confectionery colours” (Sheila Benson), Makavejev returned to shoot his first film in his native Yugoslavia since WR: Mysteries of the Organism – shortly before the nation’s chaotic dissolution. Loosely adapting Émile Zola’s novella Pour une nuit d’amour, the action is set in 1920 in a village in an unnamed Central European country overripe with sexual and revolutionary intrigues. The eclectic cast includes Camilla Søeberg, Alfred Molina, Simon Callow (with whom the director had a celebrated falling out) and Chris Haywood, while the delightful animated titles are by Dušan Petričić.


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 with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Curated by the Melbourne Cinémathèque.

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

Supported by Screen Australia and Film Victoria.


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NOTICE: The committee of The Melbourne Cinémathèque wishes to make some changes to our constitution, however, to do that we now have to conform to the model constitution in the 2012 Act, so a number of other changes are also required.

Here is a copy of the constitution with the changes on RED.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque Constitution 2018.

We wish to pass these changes at the AGM on Wednesday May 30, at 6:40pm.

Please read the RED stuff and consider. It won’t take long. Then come along to the AGM.