Sunday 28 January 2024

CINEMA REBORN 2024 - JANUARY NEWS, A SNEAK PEEK + Other festival classic restorations in February

A belated happy new year to all of Cinema Reborn’s supporters, friends, contributors and sponsors. Just a quick note to remind you of our dates for 2024.


We go on at the Randwick Ritz on Wednesday 1 May through to Tuesday 7 May. We ALSO go on, for the very first time, in Melbourne at the Hawthorn Lido from 9-15 May. Final confirmations still to be received but we are aiming at 17 programs of wonderful new 4K restorations from five continents. Many of the titles will have both daytime and evening screenings in both cities. The full program will be released around March 15 and bookings for both cities will open then.  


In the meantime, above and below are a couple of photos of directors whose work will screen at Cinema Reborn in May..... And, although  many of you who have attended recent sessions at the Ritz will have seen a trailer produced by our great supporter Ben Cho drawing attention to one of the real sparklers of the program but if you haven't and your curiosity is whetted you can find it If You Click Here


Cinema Reborn’s work over the years has long been sustained by the generosity of our donors who help us make up the shortfall between our income and the costs of obtaining and screening our program. Distributors and producers who have paid for expensive restorations cant be expected to give their work away. Some place extremely high values on their work and that’s a burden we’ve been able to meet over the years with the help of many friends. All donors are acknowledged in our catalogue and those making substantial gifts are recognised as having supported particular titles in the program. If you would like to know more just reply to the email address or you can straight to the Cinema Reborn 2024  page on the website of the Australian Cultural Fund and make a tax deductible donation. All donations great and small are very welcome. The Australian Cultural Fund page can be found If You Click Here



On Saturday February 24 at 4.30 pm at the Event Cinema in George Street, the Mardi Gras Film Festival is presenting a major restoration this year of Marek Kanievska’s ANOTHER COUNTRY. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, this groundbreaking gay classic features star-making (and swoon-worthy) performances from Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Cary Elwes. Based on Julian Mitchell’s acclaimed play and inspired by true events, Another Country explores the impact 1930s British boarding school life had on Guy Bennett (Everett), and his later decision to become a Soviet spy. After falling madly in love with a fellow student (Elwes), Guy must decide between asserting his sexual identity or conforming with the school’s oppressive student hierarchy. With its thought-provoking screenplay and sublime performances, the film unforgettably captures the dreamy idealism of youth and first love. BOOKINGS If You Click Here

The Europa Europa Film Festival
 is a major annual survey of the best of modern European Cinema. This year it will also feature two superb restorations - Bernardo Bertolucci’s THE CONFORMIST and Jean-Luc Godard’s LE MEPRIS among several dozen selections. The festival takes place from 15 February to 11 March and screens in Sydney at the Randwick Ritz and in Melbourne at the Elsternwick Classic and the Hawthorn Lido. Full program details and links to session times and bookings can be found If You Click Here

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