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The Lost City of Melbourne Unclassified: no age restrictions

Language: English

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The attempted ‘modernisation’ of Melbourne in the 1950s destroyed much of the city, including its elegant cinemas and picture palaces. Now, a new Melbourne-made documentary brings them back to life.

Melbourne has been an epicentre of arts and culture since the 1850s: it was here that the world’s first film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, was made, and the early 20th century saw the rise of back-alley movie theatres and outdoor cinemas across the CBD, Brunswick, St Kilda and Preston. But in the 1950s, when Melbourne played host to the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth II, cultural cringe fostered the idea that our Victorian architecture made us look the opposite of a modern metropolis. And so began a demolition blitz that paved over a century’s worth of built heritage – in the process, razing many of the city’s various movie theatres.

Featuring rare archival video and photography as well as the invaluable input of key historians, this loving and revelatory work of local history allows us to reimagine the former glory of Australia’s film and art capital. In examining Melbourne’s rich architectural and social past, director Gus Berger (Junked, MIFF 2014) also prompts consideration as to how continuing development and gentrification may impact the city’s artistic lineage and treasured landmarks. The Lost City of Melbourne is a celebration not just of Melbourne’s beloved, bygone picture palaces, but also of its enduring relationship to the cinema itself.

Tickets

Tue 09 Aug 6:00 pm [12271]
Standby
The Capitol
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Stream from
11-28th Aug
[40254]
MIFF Play
Sun 14 Aug 10:30 am [11511]
Standby
Forum
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Thu 18 Aug 9:30 pm [11851]
Hoyts 10
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Fri 19 Aug 6:15 pm [25791]
Standby
Sun Theatre Yarraville
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access

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Featured Subjects
Demolition, Heritage, Melbourne, Theatres
Director
Gus Berger
Producer
Gus Berger
Cinematographers
Andrew Watson, Radar Kane
Composer
Amelia Barden
Editor
Phoenix Anna Cherry
Premiere Status
World Premiere
Company Credit
Production Company: Gusto Films

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