Dedicated to screening rare & significant films in their original format.
The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run film society.
The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a membership-based film society based in Melbourne, Australia.
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 short-term or yearly basis.
We are a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation.
7:00pm HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
John Cameron Mitchell (2001) 92 mins – MA15+
Screenwriter and director Mitchell gives an unforgettable performance as the titular genderqueer, glam-punk East German singer-songwriter transplanted to the US whose protégé, Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt), steals her songs and achieves the fame that eludes her. Adapting Mitchell and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask’s own late ’90s hit off- Broadway show, and informed by Plato’s Symposium and The Gospel of Thomas, this dynamic, often hilarious, regularly raucous yet very moving cult-classic queer rock musical features a slew of superb songs as well as animated sequences. It won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2001, where Mitchell also won Best Director.
To walk away, you gotta leave something behind, or a long story short: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
by Cerise Howard
8:50pm CITY OF LOST SOULS
Rosa von Praunheim (1983) 94 mins – Unclassified 15+
This riotous and massively ahead-of-its-time intersectional queer-punk musical has gone on to greatly influence transgender politics. Centred around a squalid Berlin burger joint and the ragtag group of multiracial Americans, of a range of gender identities and sexual persuasions, who work there, prodigious activist-filmmaker von Praunheim’s underground classic is equal parts Paul Morrissey-Andy Warhol, John Waters and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with lashings of satirical Cold War intrigue, searing political commentary, and regular demolitions of the fourth wall. Punk rock icon Jayne County – in a gloriously unrestrained performance – and legendary drag performer Angie Stardust lead the cast, many playing themselves.
Othering Heights: The Queerest of the Queer in Rosa von Praunheim’s City of Lost Souls (1983)
by Cerise Howard
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 Michael Koller, Adrian Danks, Eloise Ross and Cerise Howard for the Melbourne Cinémathèque
Subtitling Logistics: Lorenzo Rosa
Music Synchronisation: Michael Koller
Supported by VicScreen & RMIT University.