Sunday 4 April 2021


So folks….time to let you know who is doing the honours introducing each of the programs at this year’s Cinema Reborn,  29 April – 2 May at the splendid Art Deco Randwick Ritz.


DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (Thursday 29 April at 6.30 pm)

Directed by George Marshall with James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich, USA, 1939

For full program notes by David Hare and Adrian Danks click here

For tickets click here 


Introduced by C J Johnson
President of the Film Critics Circle of Australia. He is the film and TV critic for Nightlifeon ABC Radio, a contributor to FilmInk and Metro Magazine among others, and Head Lecturer in Screen Storytelling at Sydney Film School.


LE AMICHE (Friday 30 April at 6.30 pm)

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, with Eleonora Rossi Drago and Valentina Cortese, Italy, 1955

For full program notes by Jane Mills click here

For tickets click here


John McDonald anJane Mills

Introduced by Jane MillsHonorary Associate Professor at UNSW, Associate Editor of the Cultural and Film Studies journals, Metro; Screen Education and Metro, Series Editor of Australian Screen Classics, a member of the Sydney Film Festival Advisory Panel and a guest programmer for the Antenna Documentary Festival.


AIMLESS BULLET (Saturday 1 May at 11.00 am)

Directed by Yu Hyun-mok, with Kim Jin-Kyu and Choi Mu-Ryong, South Korea, 1961

For full  program notes by Russell Edwards click here

For tickets click here  


Introduced by Russell Edwards - Film critic and teacher of Asian Cinemas at RMIT University in Melbourne. Russell was the founding Reviews Editor at Empire (Australia) (2001-2003); covered film festivals for international trade publication Variety (2003-2012); was President of the Film Critics Circle of Australia (2004-2006) and acted as an advisor to the Busan International Film Festival (2012-2020). Russell has also made short films, notably THE AGREEMENT (2007), which played at several international film festivals including Sydney, Edinburgh and Vladivostok. 


THREE IN ONE (Saturday 1 May at 1.00 pm)

Directed by Cecil Holmes with Jock Levy and Leonard Teale, Australia, 1955)

For full program notes by Graham Shirley and Adrian Danks click here

For tickets click here


Introduced by Graham ShirleyAustralian film director, scriptwriter, interviewer, archival researcher, curatorauthor best known for his work in the area of Australian film history. He was one of the original class of the Australian Film Television and Radio School and is the co-author of Australian Cinema: The First Eighty Years, a classic history of the Australian film industry. He has also made a number of documentaries.

LE CORBEAU (Saturday 1 May at 3.30 pm)

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, with Pierre Fresnay and Ginette Leclerc, France, 1943)

For full  program notes by Mark Thomas click here

For tickets click here


Introduced by John McDonald– Art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, and film critic for the Australian Financial Review. A former Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia, he is the author of The Art of Australia: Exploration to Federation (2006), among other publications. His most recent piece is an essay for Klaus Littmann’s book, Tree Connections(Hatje Cantz, forthcoming). John writes for magazines and journals both at home and abroad. He has lectured widely on art and cinema, and acted as curator for a range of exhibitions, the most significant being Federation: Australian Art & Society, 1901-2000 at the NGA.


THE LEOPARD (Saturday 1 May at 5.45 pm)

Directed by Luchino Visconti, With Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale Italy, 1955

For full program notes by Rod Bishop click here

For tickets click here


Introduced by David Stratton– Director of the Sydney Film Festival 1966-1983. In 1980, his first book, “The Last New Wave”, about the New Australian Cinema, was published. Feature Film Consultant to SBS (Special Broadcasting Service. Presented The Movie Show,  in partnership with film critic Margaret Pomeranz first on SBS and later on the ABC with the final broadcast going to air in December 2014. In 1990, a second book, The Avocado Plantation, was published about Australian cinema in the 1980s, and in 2008 Stratton’s autobiography, I Peed on Fellini, was published.  In 2018, 101 Marvellous Movies You May Have Missed, was published. My Favourite Movies will be published in November 2021. Since 1988, Stratton has lectured on film history as part of the Continuing Education programme at the University of Sydney.  In 2017 a documentary, DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE was released in selected cinemas.  It also screened at the Cannes Film Festival and at film festivals in the U.K., Greece, Israel – and on NZ television.  The TV version of the documentary, DAVID STRATTON’S STORIES OF AUSTRALIAN CINEMA, was later aired on ABC TV and on the BBC.


THE JUNIPER TREE + SHADOW PANIC  (Sunday 2 May at 11.00 am)

The Juniper Tree directed by Nietzchka Keene, with Björk Guðmundsdóttir and Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir, USA, 1989

Shadow Panic  directed by Margot Nash with Robin Laurie, Rose Wanganeen and Kaarin Fairfax, Australia, 1989

For full program notes by Helen Goritsas and Margot Nash click here

For tickets click here


Introduced by Margot Nash– Filmmaker and a Visiting Fellow in Communications at the University of Technology Sydney. Her credits include the experimental shorts We Aim To Please (1976) and Shadow Panic (1989), the feature dramas Vacant Possession (1994) and Call Me Mum (2005)and the personal essay documentary The Silences (2015).


FILIBUS  (Sunday 2 May at 2.00 pm)

Directed by Mario Roncoroni, With Valeria Creti and Cristina Ruspoli,Italy, 1915

For full program notes by Susan Potter click here

For tickets click here


Introduced by Susan PotterSenior Lecturer in Film Studies in the Department of Art History at the University of Sydney. She's the author of the award-winning book Queer Timing: The Emergence of Lesbian Sexuality in Early Cinema, and General Secretary of the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand (SSAAANZ)



Directed by Danielle MacLean, David Tranter, Dena Curtis and Warwick Thornton Australia 1988, 2007, 2010 and 2005

For full program notes by Philip Batty click here

For tickets click here


Introduced by Anusha DurayAcquisitions Manager for National Indigenous Television (NITV), as well as a skilled producer. She was the Executive Producer for the new series The Whole Table that premiered this year and Producer of The Wake an interactive film installation which is due to premiere later this year. She is a recipient of the Chief Executive Women in Leadership Scholarship. Anusha is a current member of Screen Australia’s Gender Matters Taskforce, The Oceanian TV Symposium and The Aboriginal Women’s Consultation Network. 


CRISS CROSS  (Sunday 2 May at 4.00pm)

Directed by Robert Siodmak,  With Burt Lancaster and Yvonne De Carlo, USA, 1949 

For full program notes by Bruce Hodsdon click here

For tickets click here


Introduced by Kiki FungProgramme Consultant for Hong Kong International Film Festival and Advisor for The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ School of Film & Television. She was former Head Programmer for Brisbane International Film Festival and Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, and has guest-curated for the Brisbane Festival and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Before moving to Australia in 2010, she served at the Hong Kong Film Archive for seven years in areas of publication editing, venue management and program co-ordination during which she also assisted in editing a number of publications on Hong Kong Cinema. 







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