Cinema from the Other Hollywoods

Silent films from France, China, Japan and Russia

Ronnie and Sharon of Australia’s Silent Film Festival have been regularly showing classic silent cinema movies. Starting in Lindfield, the Silent Film Festival has now moved to the State Library NSW Metcalfe Auditorium Macquarie Street in Sydney. Here are the films that are coming-up over the next few weeks.

They are all digital restorations of silent films with live music.

Easter Saturday April 4 State Library 11 am


A Trip to the Moon (1902) 15 mins

Au Bonheur des Dames (1930) 89 mins
(with English and French subtitles)


Easter Saturday April 4 State Library 2 pm

The Goddess ShénnǚCHINA

(1935) 73 mins China

Director Wu Yonggang starring Ruan Lingyu Tian

Silent film with live music
(with English surtitles)

Easter Monday April 6 State Library 11 am


Bed and Sofa Tretya meshchanskaya (1927) 87 mins USSR

Director Abram Room starring Ludmilla Semyonova

Silent film with live music
(with English subtitles)

Easter Monday April 6 State Library 2 pm


I Was Born, But….. Umarete wa mita keredo (1932) 90 minutes
(with English and Japanese subtitles)

Director Yasujiro Ozu starring Tatsuo Saito


April 12: the Oscar nominated Chang (1928)

State Library 2pm

Australian premiere of the digitally restored Oscar nominated film with soundtrack.

Milestone Films: “Before they dreamed up that oversized ape, King Kong’s creators filmed this magical story of a Thai family’s struggle to survive the forces of nature.

Anzac Day Saturday April 25:

RatsofTobrukState Library 2pm

Rats of Tobruk (1944) sound film NSW premiere of the digital restoration

Directed by Charles Chauvel Australia 74 minutes


Upcoming 2015 Sessions

  • Sydney State Library NSW Great Documentaries of the Silent Era
    Four Sundays at 2pm March 8 The Great White Silence (1924); April 12 Oscar nominated Chang (1928); May 10 Legong Dance of the Virgins (1935); and June 14 The Silent Enemy (1930). Tickets at Festival website at Buy Tickets banner. Discounted pass to all 4 sessions available. Tickets $20/ $15 per session and Gold Pass to all 4 sessions $70/ $50
  • Sydney State Library NSW The Other Hollywoods: silent classic cinema in Europe and Asia. Easter Saturday and Easter Monday Four Sessions with English surtitles and live music. Saturday April 4 at 11 am (France) Au Bonheur des dames and A Trip to the Moon (1902) in colour; at 2 pm (China) The Goddess. Monday April 6 at 11 am (Russia) Bed and Sofa; at 2pm (Japan) I Was Born, But… Tickets at Festival website on this page. Discounted pass to all 4 sessions available. $25/ $20 per session. Discounted Festival Pass to all sessions $80/ $60
  • Sydney State Library NSW Saturday April 25 @ 2pm World War 2 themed feature with soundtrack. The restored and acclaimed Charles Chauvel film, The Fighting Rats of Tobruk (1944). Tickets $20/ $15
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