3-7 May 2018
Cinema Reborn, presented in partnership with the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and screening in the AFTRS theatre from Thursday 3rd to Monday 7th of May, is not to be missed by serious film lovers. It features restored classics and archival prints from cinema’s grand heritage. The brainchild of cinephile Geoff Gardner and a dedicated committee of film scholars, it’s a kind of mini-version of Il Cinema Ritrovato, an annual festival of restored prints from studios, labs and cinematheques around the world that screens in Bologna, Italy, every European summer.
What a feast it promises to be. There are works by some of the greatest directors in film history, including but not limited to, Yasujiro Ozu, R. W. Fassbinder, Norman Foster, Max Ophüls, Francis Ford Coppola, Med Hondo and Jean Renoir, plus films by Australian directors Michael Thornhill, Jane Campion (well, she’s an honorary Aussie) and Corinne Cantrill. The films come from France, Mauritania, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Germany, the USSR, the USA, Japan and, of course, Australia.
So get in quick: as there are no door sales tickets must be bought online. The full program with screening times and booking details can be found here. If the festival is well attended we can live in hope that it may become an annual event. Wouldn’t that be good in a city that can’t manage to host its own regular cinematheque?