Seniors' Cinema Archive 2009

Fine films for grown-up tastes.

Drawing on the best of Australian and international cinema, screenings feature well-crafted, character-driven stories, elegant period dramas, quirky comedies and fascinating documentaries.

Seniors $5 (carers admitted free of charge)
All other tickets $10

Curated by Roberta Ciabarra

Dean Spanley

A wonderful adaptation of the Edwardian-era tale by Lord Dunsany, with Peter O'Toole and Sam Neill.


The extraordinary Cannes prize-winning film set in the Kazakh steppes.


A gentle, whimsical Norwegian comedy about a man rediscovering unexpected possibilities in life.

Mary and Max

The wonderful debut feature from Academy Award winning animator and national treasure, Adam Elliot.

Easy Virtue

Stephan Elliott's hilariously high-toned comedy of manners, based on the 1924 Noel Coward play.

An American in Paris

This wonderful Gene Kelly vehicle works in as many Gershwin tunes as the running time will allow.

A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noel)

Arnaud Desplechin's accomplished family drama, starring Catherine Deneuve and Mathieu Amalric.

And When Did You Last See Your Father?

One man's conflicted attempts to reconcile emotionally with a father diagnosed with cancer.

Beloved (Saawariya)

Fabulous sets, original songs and a leading man who is fourth generation Bollywood royalty.

Slumdog Millionaire

A young man overcomes deprivation and prejudice in the slums of Mumbai.

Man on Wire

Frenchman Philippe Petit's illegal high-wire 'ballet' is recounted in this thrilling documentary.

Brideshead Revisited

Julian Jarrold's superb new adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's acclaimed novel.

The Grocer's Son

Thirty-year-old Antoine reluctantly returns to the family home in Provence to help out when his father takes ill.

Innocence: a Tribute to Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

ACMI salutes Charles 'Bud' Tingwell with a tribute screening of Paul Cox's acclaimed film Innocence.

frost / nixon

Ron Howard's suspenseful account of the historic 1977 television interviews between David Frost and disgraced U.S. president Richard Nixon.

the duchess

Loyalty and a male heir are all that is expected of the young Duchess of Devonshire, though she is inclined to pursue greater personal happiness.

the mikado

This1967 UK production is considered the best performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera to have been captured on (Technicolor!) celluloid.

married life

Based on the book by John Bingham, Ira Sach's stylish 1940s-set melodrama features a top notch cast including Patricia Clarkson and Pierce Brosnan.

lemon tree

Eran Riklis' wry, poignant allegory of the Israeli Palestinian conflict won the Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008.

I have never forgotten you

Narrated by Nicole Kidman, this documentary about Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal is a heartfelt chronicle of his life and legacy.

I've loved you so long (Il y a longtemps que je t'aime)

The sublime directorial debut by French novelist Philippe Claudel tells the story of two sisters tentatively reconnecting after years of estrangement.

the counterfeiters (die falscher)

Based on the true life exploits of Salomon Sorowitsch, this compelling drama took out the Best Foreign Language Film prize at the 2008 Academy Awards.


A British filmmaker travels to Massachusetts to film a choir, average age 80, who are giving the Godfather of Soul's I Feel Good a whole new spin.

how about you

Vanessa Redgrave, Imelda Staunton, Brenda Fricker and Joss Ackland star as feisty ladies in a residential home, running young Hayley Atwell ragged.

caramel (sukkar banat)

Nadine Labaki's bittersweet 2007 comedy follows five women friends who regularly meet in a beauty parlour in modern Beirut.

blithe spirit

David Lean's sparkling 1945 comedy scripted by Noel Coward from his Broadway play and starring Rex Harrison, screens in an imported Technicolor print.


A generous-hearted film from Mike Leigh anchored by a winning performance from Sally Hawkins, as an irrepressibly optimistic primary school teacher.