Tuesday 11 April 2023


Play the Cinema Reborn trailer 

Just ten days   to go until Cinema Reborn 2023 


It has taken some time but we've almost settled just who will be introducing each of our programs at their main evening or weekend screenings.

Here's the rundown as we know it. You can check session times and make bookings for all films at the Ritz website IF YOU CLICK HERE

SHOESHINE will be introduced by Noa Steimatsky film historian and author of The Face on Film  and Italian Locations: Re-inhabiting the Past in Postwar Cinema

IEOH ISLAND will be introduced by Dr Russell Edwards currently teaching film studies at Monash University and a former advisor to the Busan International Film Festival

I BY DAY YOU BY NIGHT will be introduced by John McDonald film critic for the Australian Financial Review and art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald

THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE will be introduced by David Roe who has worked on some of the most renowned Australian films since the 1970s

DETOUR will be introduced by Richard Brennan whose producer credits include Homesdale, Mad Dog Morgan, Love letters from Teralba Road, Long Weekend and Newsfront

RUGGLES OF RED GAP will be introduced by Geoff Gardner, Chair of the Organising Committee of Cinema Reborn

LA PISCINE will be introduced by John Duigan director of The year My Voice Broke, Flirting, Lawn Dogs  and Careless Love among many others.

MAUVAIS SANG will be introduced by Ivan Cerecina an independent researcher and film writer who is currenbtly writing a book on the idea of montage in post-war French Cinema

THE LONG FAREWELL will be introduced by Margot Nash a film-maker and Visiting Fellow in Communications at the University of Technology in Sydney

BLACK GIRL will be introduced on video by Samba Gadjigo, Professor of French at Mount Holyoke College Massachusetts and the director of a documentary on Ousmane Sembene

THE TRIAL will be introduced by Lynden Barber a Sydney based freelance journalist specialising in film and a former Director of the Sydney Film Festival

VARIETY will be introduced by Angelica Waite a film programmer and member of the Organising Committee of Cinema Reborn

THE LAST EMPEROR will be introduced by both Linda Jaivin and Professor Jing Han, two experts in Chinese cultural and political affairs

SUNRISE will be introduced by Quentin Turnour a specialist in silent film programming and a member of the Organising Committee of Cinema Reborn

BLIND SPOT and SERIOUS UNDERTAKINGS will be introduced by Professor Jane Mills an author with a wide range of experience in film production and Helen Grace director of Serious Undertakings

TENDER MERCIES will be introduced by the film's director Bruce Beresford


With a touch of pride that each of these has been entrusted to us we can advise that the screenings of MAUVAIS SANG, SERIOUS UNDERTAKINGS and RUGGLES OF RED GAP will be world premieres of 4k restorations. In the case of our sole Australian film Helen Grace’s SERIOUS UNDERTAKINGS, which plays in a double bill with Claudia von Alemann’s 1980 German feminist classic BLIND SPOT/DIE REISE NACH LYON the restoration work has been supervised by Helen, her Director of Photography Erika Addis and Ray Argall of Piccolo Films in Sydney.

OSCAR WINNERS - Something for Everyone

Robert Duvall, Best Actor Oscar, 1983

Beresford’s triumphant first American film earned Oscars for Robert Duvall as Best Actor and Horton Foote for Best Original Screenplay. Beresford was nominated for Best Director and the film was nominated for Best Picture. In her extensive and informative notes on the film which you can find on the Cinema Reborn website Helen Goritsas says “Tender Mercies is a nuanced work that captures the intricacy and beauty of daily life through a subtle and stirring study of the value of small and incidental acts of kindness and the bonds they form.”

As Rod Bishop notes in the commentary on the Cinema Reborn website: “Thirty-five years ago, this film swept up nine Academy Awards. It has aged majestically, and cinema today is no more lavish; its imagery no more ravishing; nor its historical scope more compelling than The Last Emperor.

The list of its Oscars, Globes and BAFTAs is breathtaking. Academy Awards:
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound. Golden Globes Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score. BAFTAS Best Film, Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up.

THE LAST EMPEROR is this year’s Saturday Centrepiece and THE AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF THE NEW 4K RESTORATION will screen in the Ritz’s magnificent Cinema One.

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Sunrise won the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Picture at the 1st Academy Awards in 1929. Janet Gaynor won the first Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the film (the award was also for her performances in 1927's 7th Heaven and 1928's Street Angel). 

SHOESHINE (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1946)
In 1948, Shoeshine received an Honorary Award at the Academy Awards for its high quality. This award was the precursor of what would later become the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Tax Deductible Charitable Donations

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 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 large or small tax deductible donation to support our work CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL FUND

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