Thursday 8 December 2022

CINEMA REBORN DECEMBER NEWSLETTER - Pasolini's SALO, Cinema Reborn 2023 dates, the Sight & Sound Poll, Kim Williams delivers the Rod Wallace Lecture, Volunteers, Charitable Donations.

This is the final Cinema Reborn Newsletter for 2022. We hope that you have enjoyed the April season plus the additional Cinema Reborn collaborations with the Ritz for the Pasolini season and the Italian Institute of Culture for the Pasolini Roundtable. 


The final film in the Pasolini season, and the director’s final work before his brutal murder in 1975, screens at the Randwick Ritz. Sunday 11 December at 4.00 pm. SALO is the only Pasolini film to feature in either the Critics’ or Directors’ Poll just published by Sight & Sound. It came in at Number 72 in the top 100 of the Directors’ list. The controversial poet, novelist, and filmmaker’s transposition of the Marquis de Sade’s eighteenth-century opus of torture and degradation to Fascist Italy in 1944 remains one of the most passionately debated films of all time, a thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in. 

SALO will be introduced by Professor Catharine Lumby, Chair of the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney. Her expertise includes matters relating to gender equality, cultural diversity, sexual violence prevention, young people and media, social media, and media content regulation.

Screens once only. For information on tickets, censorship classification and session times


Our dates for 2023 are 26-30 April. Once again the season will be presented at the grand old, and recently renovated Ritz Cinemas at The Spot in Randwick. We have already confirmed about two thirds of the program from the film-making nations of Italy, Italy, Germany, USA, France, Ukraine, United Kingdom and South Korea. Many of the films will screen twice including weekday daytime sessions. We'll be announcing full details of the program in mid-March 2023.


Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Many of the people who voluntarily give their time to Cinema Reborn, particularly as note-writers and presenters were invited to participate in the recent Sight & Sound Poll for the greatest films of all time. Six of the 100 films selected have been shown in previous years at Cinema Reborn and seventeen of the directors whose films were chosen have featured in our programs. We were particularly impressed that the film we chose to open this year's season Claire Denis' Beau Travail, came in at number 7. If you would like to pore over the full details of the top 100 click on this link to the BFI site.  And if you are curious to see some of them Sydney's Golden Age Cinema has announced a program of thirty three of the top 100 beginning on December 29.

Cinema Reborn will be presenting a couple more of the top 100 in its 2023 program.... Just saying.


Ray Edmondson the Chair of the Friends of the NFSA writes: "To restore the tradition of landmark lectures at the NFSA, the Friends of NFSA have established an annual lecture series in memory of archival pioneer Rod Wallace. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Kim Williams AM in the NFSA’s Arc cinema on 17 November and titled Why bother? Reflections on the duty of care to Australians’ creativity.
"For the full effect I strongly recommend watching it on YouTube  and catch the entire proceedings, interspersed with video and audio clips. Kim offers a sweeping overview of our audiovisual heritage, as well as a critique of the NFSA’s situation and its need for a coherent and transparent selection policy."

Cinema Reborn is on the hunt for a small group of volunteers to assist in managing our screenings  at our 2023 season from 26-30 April. Duties might include checking tickets and assisting at the Information Desk. In compensation free tickets to screenings (work one, get one free) can be offered. Volunteers will don a Cinema Reborn T-shirt for identification. This might be something for young people and film students especially. If you would like to put your name down, or pass this to somebody you know  please do so. All responses to

Cinema Reborn is an organisation devoted exclusively to exploring the Cinema's heritage. It is managed and organised by a group of dedicated film professionals here working solely on a voluntary basis to assemble an annual selection of cinema classics from around the world.

Cinema Reborn is designed to attract both Sydney residents and visitors from other states and New Zealand. It forms part of a unique network of international events devoted to screening the cinema's past and has built relationships with film archives and long time production houses around the world. Each selection will be having its Sydney premiere in the unique surroundings of one of Sydney's few remaining art deco picture palaces.

The costs of assembling and presenting Cinema Reborn, notwithstanding the hundreds of hours freely donated by Committee Members, volunteers, writers and presenters, are such that box office revenue cannot cover the cost of acquisition of titles, freight and logistics, venue hire, additional professional support from projectionists and staff, and the production of supporting print and online material. Cinema Reborn has relied, since its inception, on the generosity of donors who support our aims and are committed to the annual project of bringing cinema classics back to a big screen in perfect new digital copies. Without such support the event could not be presented.

To make a tax deductible donation to support our work CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL FUND
Have a happy and safe holiday season....

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