Saturday, 1 May 2021

CINEMA REBORN 2021 - Closing day screenings - A Noir masterpiece , feminist classics, Indigenous film-making from Central Australia and a silent romp from 1915.

 At 6.30 pm on Sunday 2 May


CRISS CROSS (Robert Siodmak, 1949)


“Burt Lancaster’s greatness as an actor can be seen when you compare his mature performance in The Leopard  and his early role as the young man caught up in a tempestuous affair in Criss Cross”  David Stratton introducing  The Leopard at Cinema Reborn’s packed screening last night.


Criss Cross stands with mainstream film noir like Double Indemnity (1944), Detour (1945), Out of the Past (1947), Gun Crazy (1950), The Big Heat (1953), Kiss Me Deadly (1955), andTouch of Evil (1958), at the apex of the canon. – Bruce Hodsdon



Green Bush, (Dir: Warwick Thornton)

At 4.00 pm on Sunday 2 May



“I have often argued that these CAAMA titles represent the most exciting body of documentary filmmaking in Australia over the last few years.”  (Andrew Pike)


Bringing together two stunning dramatic short films, and two of the powerful documentaries produced for the Nganampa Anwernekenheseries, this program spotlights some of the many ground-breaking films from CAAMA Productions and its trailblazing filmmakers.  

The Program will be introduced by Anusha Duray, Acquisitions Manager for National Indigenous Television (NITV).

Aboriginal  and Torres Strait Islanders are advised that these films contain images of deceased persons


At 2.00 pm on Sunday 2 May


Filibus (Mario Roncoroni, 1915)

Cinema Reborn’s first ever silent. Musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin


Watching Filibus now, being immersed in its astonishingly vibrant colours, can feel like viewing a cinematic singularity. (Susan Potter)


“No other crime thriller compares to Filibus!” exclaimed a Corona Films ad in the April 1915 edition of the Italian film magazine La Vita Cinematografica — and for once the ballyhoo was correct! Directed by Mario Roncoroni and scripted by future science fiction author Giovanni Bertinetti, Filibus is the most exciting, witty, feminist, steampunk, cross-dressing aviatrix thriller you will ever see! 

Bjork, The Juniper Tree

Kaarin Fairfax, Shadow Panic

At 11.00 am on Sunday 2 May


The Juniper Tree (Nietzchka Keene, 1989)

Beyond the pleasures of watching a young, "undiscovered" Bjork perform, the film has so much more to offer in the way of story, cinematography, and—my god—the sound! (Angeline Gragasin) +


Shadow Panic (Margot Nash, 1989)

 "It pays homage to surrealism with every shot and director Margot Nash and cinematographer Sally Bongers deserve accolades for the startling beauty of the pictures." (Gillian Leahy)


Film-maker Margot Nash introduces her own classic short film and sets the scene for Nietzchka Keene’s recently restored feminist classic starring the young Bjork



There are tickets available to all sessions. You can book online (includes booking fee)  ON THE RITZ WEBSITE   or buy tickets at the Box Office from 10.00 am today. If you buy your tickets at the Box Office you can redeem the NSW Government Dine and Discover vouchers.



Cinema Reborn’s work is supported by a network of volunteers who freely give their time and service to select, manage, present and write about the annual event and its program. Donations to support this work are always welcome and our donors are listed in the printed catalogue providing they arrive before the print deadline this week. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, no matter how small, or large, you may do so online through the Australian Cultural Fund. JUST CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS 


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