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 – PEEPING TOM
Michael Powell (1960) 101 mins – M
Considered by many to be Powell’s last major work and one of the defining films of British psychological horror, this profoundly cinematic shocker follows the murderous trail of a focus puller (Carl Boehm as Mark) bent on capturing the perfect image of fear. Powell’s deeply personal and fascinatingly self-reflexive movie is based on a disturbing script by cryptographer Leo Marks and presents a cornucopia of the director’s obsessions. A key influence on Scorsese, it also features Moira Shearer, Anna Massey and Powell himself in the creepy role of Mark’s psychologist father (via a disturbing home-movie sequence shot in the director’s home).
8:55pm – 10 RILLINGTON PLACE
Richard Fleischer (1971) 106 mins – M
True-crime study of 1940s and early 1950s serial killer John Christie, played by Richard Attenborough as a mild-mannered psychopath, and the miscarriage of justice that helped to usher in the end of capital punishment in Britain. Fleischer’s third attempt at filming a fictional reconstruction of an actual high-profile murder case – following 1959’s Compulsion and 1968’s The Boston Strangler – takes an observational, almost journalistic approach that was underappreciated at the time but now comes across as strikingly modern. Co-stars John Hurt.
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.