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Melbourne Cinémathèque announces a very special curated season, Masterpieces of Ukrainian Cinema. The season pairs six essential historical and contemporary retrospective titles across three weeks showcasing works of auteurs, contemporary talent, and some of Ukraine’s greatest films of all time. The season screens from 20 July – 3 August every Wednesday from 7pm at ACMI.
In curating this program, the Melbourne Cinémathèque takes the opportunity to commemorate Ukraine’s 100-years of feature filmmaking, bring to light the endangered Ukrainian National Film Archive (Dovzhenko Centre), and invite Cinémathèque enthusiasts to return for this important presentation of works.
The program is made possible by the Dovzhenko Centre, whereby a portion of the season’s proceeds will be donated to help the prosperity of the institution affected by Russia’s invasion. Program spokesperson Cerise Howard (Czech & Slovak Film Festival co-founder) said, “putting together a program to do justice to the brilliance of the greatest Ukrainian cinema, that would collectively speak to the nation’s past, future and, importantly, its terribly parlous present, required the cooperation of several parties locally and abroad – in particular, the wonderful people at the beleaguered Dovzhenko Centre. We invite all Melbourne film lovers to join us in celebrating Ukrainian cinema during this tragic time for the people of Ukraine.”

The rich program features three landmark titles from the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic era (1922–1991) and three critically acclaimed contemporary titles from the 21st century. The program boasts three incredibly remarkable “silent” films from both eras, one of which is delivered in sign language. With respect to Ukraine’s centenary of films, the carefully chosen paired films embrace the nation’s unique style and voice whilst juxtaposing Soviet and post-Maiden eras.
The season opens with Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965) which is widely considered the greatest Ukrainian film of all time. The film tells the love story of a peasant who falls in love with the daughter of the man responsible for his father’s death. The film is set in an isolated 1860s Hutsul community in the Carpathian Mountains and Armenian writer-director Sergei Parajanov reveals his remarkable talent for lyricism, ornamentation, and breathtaking visual composition in this unmissable masterpiece. Screening in 35mm print.
Atlantis (2019) is set in Eastern Ukraine in 2025 post-war with the nation having emerged victorious in its war with Russia with much of its land rendered uninhabitable. An ex-soldier with PTSD (Andriy Rymaruk) forges a connection with former archaeology student Katya (Liudmyla Bileka) as they struggle to retrieve the war dead on a volunteer mission across inhospitable terrain.
Alexander Dovzhenko’s last silent film, Earth (1930), is a lyrical evocation of the lifecycle of humankind delivered through the intertwining of images of life and death. The film charts the conflict between peasants and a landowner, reflecting the socialist practice of collectivisation, to create a film poem of inestimable beauty. James Agee called it a “picture for filmgoers who are prepared to take their cinema as seriously as Tolstoy took the novel”. Screening in 35mm print courtesy of ACMI Collections.
Writer-director Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi’s outstanding film, The Tribe (2014), is a Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prix-winning debut feature and stands as one of the most remarkable films of the 21st century. Depicting a new student’s rapid immersion into organised criminal activity at a decrepit boarding school for the deaf, its dialogue is presented entirely in Ukrainian Sign Language, delivered by deaf non-professional actors and accompanied by neither subtitles nor voiceover. The film achieves an intensity of effect seldom approached in the cinema.
Shelved for 20 years by Soviet censors, Brief Encounters (1967), is Ukrainian writer-director Kira Muratova’s first feature with her experimental style including the use of flashbacks, deployment of unconventional narrative forms, montages of still photographs and audio discontinuities. Depicting a love triangle between a provincial bureaucrat, a wandering geologist and a country girl who tries her luck in the city, the film is a documentary-like portrayal of Soviet life highlighting the divide between the urban intelligentsia and the peasants. Screening in digital restoration courtesy of the Dovzhenko Centre.
Noted documentarian Roman Bondarchuk’s Volcano (2018), is his hilarious feature film debut which was originally conceived as a documentary. Lukas, an interpreter for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, finds himself marooned in the steppe in Ukraine’s south and subjected to a series of Kafkaesque challenges and frustrations. Serhiy Stepansky, a celebrated film sound artist whose credits include The Tribe and Atlantis, portrays the wide-eyed Lukas in his first acting role, while Vadym Ilkov’s striking cinematography lends proceedings an equal measure of naturalism and surrealism.
Direct contributions to the Dovzhenko Centre can be made acmi.net.au/cteq
Wednesday 20 July
7:00pm SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS (1965) 99 mins – Unclassified 15+
8:55pm ATLANTIS (2019) 106 mins – Unclassified 15+
Wednesday 27 July
7:00pm EARTH (1930) 83 mins – Unclassified 15+
8:35pm THE TRIBE (2014) 126 mins – R18+
Wednesday 3 August
7:00pm BRIEF ENCOUNTERS (1967) 98 mins – Unclassified 15+
8:50pm VOLCANO (2018) 106 mins – Unclassified 15+

Australia’s national museum of screen culture, ACMI, has today unveiled the internationally acclaimed exhibition Disney: The Magic of Animation, celebrating nearly 100 years of the iconic studio’s creations. Shown for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, a Victorian Government initiative delivered through Visit Victoria.

Curated from a staggering 65 million original artworks housed at the Walt Disney Animation Research Library in Los Angeles, 500 carefully selected pieces – including sketches, drawings, paintings and concept art – comprise this once-in-a-lifetime exposition, which pulls back the curtain on the magic that goes into making some of the world’s most iconic films.

These rarely seen works highlight the detailed development of Disney’s most beloved animations – from Mickey Mouse’s first talkie Steamboat Willie (1928), through to the groundbreaking Fantasia (1940) and the universally celebrated Frozen (2013) – while highlighting the extraordinary evolution of animation techniques which the studio pioneered. The Melbourne iteration will also debut never-before-exhibited artwork from the Studio’s newest release Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).

“We’re delighted to open Disney: The Magic of Animation – our first major exhibition since reopening our transformed museum,” said ACMI Director CEO, Katrina Sedgwick OAM. “Disney has enchanted audiences across the world, with the universal fondness for beloved classics just as strong as the enthusiasm for modern masterpieces. It’s so special to be able to bring an exhibition to Australia that will resonate so strongly with audiences of all ages and all cultures and will be a source of joy for so many.”

“Part of The Walt Disney Company’s local and loved strategy is to create new opportunities to share our unique and global stories with local audiences. This is at the heart of everything we do to entertain, connect and inspire. We are incredibly excited to share the Disney: The Magic of Animation exhibition with the people of Melbourne at the iconic ACMI museum, in the centre of the city. Bringing this exhibition to Australian shores invites guests to connect with the depth and breadth of our stories, and beloved characters in a more relevant, and meaningful way. We hope that those who attend will be delighted and inspired by the artistry showcased, bringing to life our Disney stories and its magic, here in Australia,” said Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand.

“We are so excited to be opening our exhibition at ACMI and sharing these treasures from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library collection with Australian audiences. The exhibition features behind the scenes production artworks which were created during the development of our Disney animated films. Guests will have a rare opportunity to see how the film makers and artists develop our stories and work through different ideas and concepts along the way to creating the films we know so well. The artworks are inspiring and touching and show the diversity of artistic talents that go into the making of our films. We hand selected these artworks from our collection of over 65 million works, to give guests the special experience of going behind the scenes at the Walt Disney Animation Studios,” added Kristen McCormick, Art Exhibitions & Conservation Manager of Walt Disney Animation Research Library.

“From Mickey Mouse to The Lion King, no matter your age – the wonderful world of Disney has reached us all, I encourage Victorians to visit this Australian-first exhibition at ACMI this winter. Disney: The Magic of Animation is set to be a blockbuster – not only will we see Victorians filing in to see it, it will also attract visitors from around the country which is exactly what we need as Victoria continues its recovery,” said Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson.

Lauded across the globe, from Paris to Tokyo, Seoul to Singapore, Disney: The Magic of Animation is a remarkable compilation of artworks by the creative team of artists and film makers at the Walt Disney Animation Studios. It will spark joy, curiosity and nostalgia in visitors young and old.

The opening of Disney: The Magic of Animation is the first time a major exhibition has taken place since the museum’s $40 million redevelopment, backed by the Victorian Government.

Disney: The Magic of Animation opens at ACMI today. Tickets can be purchased online at acmi.net.au

It was announced today that ACMI, Australia’s national museum of screen culture, will be bringing the internationally acclaimed exhibition Disney: The Magic of Animation to Melbourne for its Australian debut as part of the city’s Melbourne Winter Masterpiece seriessupported by Visit Victoria.  

Opening Thursday 13 May, the exhibition celebrates almost 100 magical years of Disney animation. This rare glimpse behind the scenes of Walt Disney Animation Studios will give visitors the opportunity to experience the incredible artistry behind the studio’s much-loved characters and see how drawings are brought to life, from pencil and paper to today’s computer-generated wonders.

Walt Disney Animation Studios has been creating extraordinary films for nearly a century, with every film beginning with drawings that capture the essence of character, story and emotion. Disney: The Magic of Animation features over 500 original art works from the 1920s through to the present day, including paintings, sketches and concept art that have been specially selected by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.

These rarely seen works reveal the development of beloved stories and animation techniques from dozens of classics ranging from Mickey Mouse’s first talkie Steamboat Willie (1928) to Fantasia (1940) to Frozen (2013). Disney: The Magic of Animation will also debut never-before-exhibited artwork from the studio’s newest critically-acclaimed release Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).

“We’re thrilled to bring Disney: The Magic of Animation to Australia as ACMI’s 2021 Melbourne Winter Masterpiece – the first since reopening after our $40 million transformation. Disney’s pioneering work has brought the art of animation to audiences across the globe for nearly a century. This exhibition invites us behind the scenes, celebrating the artists and their incredible craft as they create the magical worlds and iconic characters that we know and love,” said ACMI Director & CEO Katrina Sedgwick OAM.

“At The Walt Disney Company, storytelling is at the heart of everything we do to entertain and inspire our local audiences. That’s why we are incredibly excited to share this exhibition, Disney: The Magic of Animation, with the people of Melbourne. We hope that guests will both be inspired and delighted by the artistry showcased, bringing to life our Disney stories and its magic, here in Australia,” said Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand.

“The filmmakers and storytellers at Walt Disney Animation Studios have been creating, producing and pushing the boundaries of animation for almost 100 years. Animation is an art form that literally brings still, static images to life. Whether it is a series of appealing line drawings, shot in sequential order to create a believable character, or complex digital imagery rendered to create a magical effect, animation has the power to transport the viewer into a world of imagination and beauty,” added Mary Walsh, Managing Director of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.

“This Melbourne-exclusive exhibition will be a huge drawcard for ACMI and Victoria this winter – bringing more visitors into the heart of Melbourne and igniting the magic of Disney for kids and families across our state,” said Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson.

Disney: The Magic of Animation opens at ACMI on Thursday 13 May. Tickets can be purchased online at acmi.net.au   


Grab your popcorn and cuddle up with a hyena, it’s time to join ACMI in Australia’s first Birds of Prey: The Emancipation Of One Fantabulous Harley Quinn watch party with pop culture critic, ACMI writer and Number 1 BOP fan Maria Lewis. 

Starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and brought to life by Robbie’s own production company Lucky Chap Entertainment, BOP is a high octane film of firsts. Not only is it the first big screen all-female superhero team movie, it’s also based on the first all-female superhero comic book team.

BOP’s diverse pool of female talent isn’t just in front of the camera, but behind it as well. Directed by Cathy Yan and written by British-Taiwanese screenwriter Christina Hodson, together they’ve lovingly recreated characters who are dirty, funny and sexy in a way that doesn’t consider the male gaze let alone cater for it.  


Join ACMI’s Maria Lewis on Twitter @moviemazz using #ACMIwatches or on Instagram live @maria___lewis 

Find where to buy or rent Birds of Prey on Just Watch

Sandi Tan, director of the award-winning, Netflix-released film Shirkers, has been confirmed as the latest international speaker attending AIDC 2019 at ACMI in Melbourne this March.

Sandi Tan is the writer, director, producer and co-editor of Shirkers, one of the most acclaimed international documentaries of 2018. The film won the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at Sundance 2018 and is one of the five nominees for Best Documentary at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards and has been shortlisted for the 2019 Oscars. Shirkers has appeared on multiple Best Documentary and Best Film lists of 2018, including ranking #14 on the 2018 BFI/Sight & Sound Best Film poll of 264 international critics, the highest rank of any documentary in 2018.

As well as speaking at AIDC, Sandi will participate in the ACCESS program, where she will mentor a group of emerging directors. ACMI will also be screening the film with a Q&A with Sandi during AIDC.

Born in Singapore, Sandi, at the aged of 16, published a cult zine called The Exploding CatAt 22, she became the film critic at The Straits Times, Singapore’s largest newspaper, later moving to New York to study at film school at Columbia University. Her short films Moveable Feast and Gourmet Baby have played at over 100 film festivals including the New York Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand and at MoMA, and have been broadcast internationally on RAI, SBS and ZDF/arte. She was a 2016 Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow, a 2017 IFP Documentary Lab Fellow and a 2017 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. She is also a successful novelist.

In Shirkers, Sandie explores the events surrounding a film she and her friends began making with a mysterious stranger decades ago.

AIDC Conference Director Alice Burgin says: “It’s thrilling to confirm that Sandi will be joining us in Melbourne in March. She is an inspiring global filmmaker and Shirkers has enthralled audiences and critics wherever it has screened.”

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) takes place 3 – 6 March 2019 at ACMI in Melbourne. https://www.aidc.com.au/

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Fences,’ ‘Tori Erdmann,’ ‘A Street Cat Named Bob,’  and ‘Fifty Shades Darker’.

This episode also contains interviews with Denzel Washington, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, James Hewison (ACMI), Richard Bates Jnr (Trash Fire) and John Pilger (The Coming War On China).

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick  take a look at new release films ‘A United Kingdom,’ ‘Allied,’ ‘Paterson,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Gimme Danger,’ ‘Red Dog: True Blue,’ and ‘Why Him?’.

This episode also contains interviews with Marion Cotillard, Robert Zemekis, James Franco, Zoey Deutch, Bryan Cranston, Mark D’Angelo (Docklands Drive-In Cinema), Kristy Mathison (Gimme Danger/ACMI), Matt Johnson (Operation Avalanche), Kieran Darcy-Smith (The Duel) and George Kacevski (Remember).

We also give our listeners a chance to win copies of either I Am Johnny Cash or Guns ‘N’ Roses The Collection thanks to our friends at ViaVision. Just listen to the show, listen out for your question that you must answer to enter and then enter on either our Facebook or Twitter pages with a private message.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Equity,’ ‘Life Animated,’’Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Chilren,’ ‘Wednesday May 9,’ ‘I Am Not A Serial Killer,’ and ‘The Magnificent Seven’. This episode also contains interviews with Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Mija Gwyn (The Other Film Festival), James Hewison (Lies & Secrets – ACMI), Michael Eng (POWFolio), Rick Strom (POWFolio) and Gautier Cazenave (House Of VHS).

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Mississippi Grind,’ and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. This episode also contains an interview with Kristy Matheson who stops by to chat about ACMI’s Summer Series of films.

The boys also give you another chance to enter our brand new competition thanks to our friends at Icon Films. Icon have given us an Australian DVD Pack (made up films – Last Cab To Darwin, Strange Bedfellows, Rabbit Proof Fence, Two Hands, Oranges & Sunshine and The Black Balloon) to giveaway to celebrate the launch of Last Cab To Darwin on DVD and Blu-Ray. To win listen out for the question during this week’s show and then hit us up on Facebook with the answer.

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A documentary film of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s (ACMI) forthcoming Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, David Bowie is, is set to premiere in Australia. The cinema experience of the record-breaking UK exhibition will show at ACMI in its Australian premiere on Friday 7 November 2014.

Commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, the documentary was filmed in the museum on the final night of the world premiere season of David Bowie is, which went on to become of the V&A’s most popular exhibitions.

The camera takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the David Bowie is exhibition with special guests including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects and moving image that document Bowie’s artistic career. The exhibition’s curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, provide fascinating insight into Bowie’s defining career moments via memorable music videos and original costumes, as well as giving context to some more personal items such as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, album cover artwork, set designs and diary entries, which reveal the creativity and evolution of Bowie’s ideas.

Directed by Hamish Hamilton, the BAFTA-winning director of the Academy Awards® and the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the documentary had its premiere in London in 2013 and will screen across the United States in September.

The fastest selling exhibition in the V&A’s history, David Bowie is is now on a global tour, having already travelled to Toronto, Sao Paulo, and Berlin to international acclaim.

This unique cinema event will give Australian audiences a sneak peek into the groundbreaking exhibition ahead of its opening at ACMI in July 2015 as part of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces. Illustrating Bowie’s incredible legacy culturally and artistically, David Bowie is, the exhibition, features more than 300 objects and films obtained by the V&A through unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive.

Tickets to the film screenings of David Bowie is at ACMI on Friday 7 November are on sale now viaacmi.net.au or 03 8663 2583

The exhibition, David Bowie is, will open at ACMI on 16 July 2015 as part of the Victorian Government’s prestigious Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series. To register for exclusive pre-sale ticket opportunities, visit: acmi.net.au/bowie