Ross Barnard, whose history in film exhibition and programming spans the Sydney Uni Film Group, NFTA, Walker St Cinema and the Sydney Film Festival, has set up an online film society on Facebook.
The Group is called The Hurlstone Park Pre-Code Film Club, just because that’s where where Ross lives. He is sourcing the best available quality Pre-Code movies on YouTube, posting the link and lots of wonderful stills, and writing a brief introduction to each film. Members are sharing their reactions to the films with the Group after watching.
Ross is focusing on rarities from the Pre-Code period (1929-1934), of which there are many now in the public Domain. YouTube actually checks for copyright on all posts, and blocks any attempted posts that are challenged by copyright holders.
Just search THE HURLSTONE PARK PRE-CODE FILM CLUB on Facebook. It’s a Public Group open to everyone.
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