“It’s great news that the fabulous Cinema Reborn programmes will be shown in Melbourne in 2024. I’ve greatly enjoyed a number of visits to the Sydney programmes, where it’s been so exciting to see restored prints on a big screen”.
Bruce Beresford, Director of Tender Mercies (screened at Cinema Reborn, 2023)
Cinema Reborn, Sydney’s annual festival of restored classics showcasing the work of directors from Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa and North America, has been presented in Sydney since 2018, with the last four editions presented at Randwick’s heritage-listed Ritz Cinemas. The 2024 Sydney season will take place from 1-7 May and, in a first for Melbourne, Cinema Reborn will also be presented at the Lido Cinema in Hawthorn from 9-15 May.
The Chair of Cinema Reborn’s Organising Committee Geoff Gardner said today: “The presentation of the 2024 Cinema Reborn season in Melbourne is a landmark moment in the short life of our event. Over the past six years our annual season of restored classics has built a loyal Sydney audience who appreciate the opportunity to see the cinema’s masterworks in state of the art digitally restored versions. We are delighted at the prospect of presenting our festival in Melbourne. We have just started the selection process and already news of our expansion has been welcomed by the local and international distributors and film archives from whom we obtain our program.
Cinema Reborn in Sydney has become part of a worldwide network of events endorsed and supported by the Cineteca Bologna’s Il Cinema Ritrovato. Guy Borlée, the Co-ordinator of Il Cinema Ritrovato, has welcomed Cinema Reborn’s new step: “We are extremely happy that the desire to (re)discover good old movies inside a beautiful movie theatre, in the dark and in the middle of unknown strangers, will expand towards Melbourne. Il Cinema Ritrovato, the festival based on the same desire and organised by Cineteca di Bologna for 38 years, has supported Cinema Reborn since its birth in Sydney and will continue to do so in Melbourne.”
Cinema Reborn brings us fabulous restorations of cinema classics each year. Always enhanced by introductions by industry and academic cinephiles, it is a big screen experience not to be missed by film lovers.
Margot Nash Director of Shadow Panic, (Screened at Cinema Reborn 2021)
Benji Tamir, the General Manager of both the Ritz and Lido Cinemas, part of the chain of quality independent cinemas owned and managed by the Tamir family’s Moving Story company, has welcomed Cinema Reborn’s expansion to Melbourne: “Since we started presenting Cinema Reborn in Randwick we have been thrilled to be part of this unique event. We have seen audiences double and been impressed by the dedicated work of the Organising Committee of professional film-makers, critics and curators who present the event on an entirely voluntary basis. The range of films selected each year, many of them direct from the Classics sections at Cannes, Venice and Berlin, is a constant delight. We look forward to building a similar audience in Melbourne.”
Cinema Reborn’s 2024 program will be accompanied by the publication of a superb printed catalogue and a dedicated website with comprehensive notes on the film selection written by some of Australia’s best known film scholars and critics. The 2023 website is still posted here and you can read the pages of the 2023 Cinema Reborn printed catalogue here.
Cinema Reborn is an important site for accessing significant films which should not be forgotten. Long may it continue!
Arthur and Corinne Cantrill Director of In This Life’s Body, Screened at Cinema Reborn 2018)
The full Cinema Reborn 2024 program with titles, dates, session times and booking information will be released in March.
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