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.
7:00pm VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED
Wolf Rilla (1960) 77 mins – PG
Originally slated as a MGM US production, this film was initially shelved due to objections from religious groups concerning the story’s portrayal of “immaculate conception”. Shifting location to the more appropriate English terrain of John Wyndham’s 1957 source novel (The Midwich Cuckoos), the film tells the terrifying tale of a paranormal incident that leads the women of the town to give birth to a generation of disturbing telepathic children. Rilla’s measured, chilling and serenely unnerving vision of small-town terror is also one of the key works of British sci-fi horror. With George Sanders.
35mm print courtesy of the British Film Institute Archive.
Screens again Wednesday 28 at 7.45pm.
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.