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.



(1995–2012) 80 mins

Morrison’s astonishing and generous oeuvre is characterised by his cunning appropriation of footage recovered and rediscovered from archives around the world, often scored by distinguished composers and musicians. This selection of four works showcases the depth and range of an artist Variety dubbed “one of the most adventurous American filmmakers”, and includes: Just Ancient Loops (2012), which combines high-res scans of nitrate footage with new CGI renderings to depict different views of the heavens; the neo-noir CinemaScope “trip” movie, Ghost Trip (2000); and Gotham (2004), Morrison’s majestic symphonic study of New York City.

‘Bill Morrison: Ghost Trip and Just Ancient Loops’ by Darragh O’Donoghue.

Bill Morrison (2010) 68 mins

Morrison’s use of the often decaying visual remnants of bygone eras retells and reimagines historical tragedies, filmic fantasies and the metaphysical and emotional recesses of human experience whilst at the same time highlighting the very materiality of the medium he so carefully choreographs. His version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is unlike any adaptation you will have seen before; gorgeously combining found footage, a dialogue-free “narrative” and trumpeter Dave Douglas’ score.

Preceded by

Who by Water
Bill Morrison (2007) 18 mins.

A mesmerising and haunting collage of historical footage of ships’ passengers gazing directly into the camera.


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.


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November 4
ACTUA 1 Philippe Garrel (1968) 6 minutes.
Addition to REGULAR LOVERS session.