Seniors' Cinema Archive 2011

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.

Saturdays and Sundays 11am, Mondays 1.30pm

Curated by Roberta Ciabarra

Of Gods and Men

A superb, contemplative drama about a group of French Trappist monks torn between spiritual and temporal realities.

The Human Resources Manager

A disaffected Israeli executive learns to live up to his job title in a touching, tragicomic film by Eran Riklis (The Lemon Tree).

Barney's Version

Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Dustin Hoffman are hilarious as father and son in a film based on the novel by Mordechai Richler.

The Trip

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon take a food-lovers' tour of England in Michael Winterbottom's hugely entertaining road-trip comedy.

Meek's Cutoff

Contemporary auteur Kelly Reichardt explores America's most enduring foundation myth in her bold, re-fashioned western.

Water for Elephants

A grandly staged romantic drama based on the best-selling novel by Sara Gruen.


Deneuve and Depardieu team up in a delightful French farce by the director of '8 Women'.

Made In Dagenham

Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) stars in the latest comedy from the director of Calendar Girls.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

A documentary on the life and times of Joan Rivers as bold and brash as the comedy legend herself.

La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet

Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman goes behind the scenes of one of France's premier cultural institutions.

Wild Target

Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt co-star in a very British remake of the classic French comedy.

The Illusionist

The gorgeous new animated feature from Sylvain Chomet, the director of The Triplets of Belleville.

The Extra Man

Kevin Kline and Paul Dano star as odd couple roomies in a whimsical ode to eccentricity.

The Special Relationship

Michael Sheen and Dennis Quaid in the political drama from the writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon.

The King's Speech

Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush star in the most Oscar-feted film of this year's Academy Awards.

Cairo Time

A gentle, quietly melancholic, Brief Encounter-style romantic drama - with a modern twist.

The Red Shoes

Encore screenings of the 1948 screen classic featuring sublime cinematography by Jack Cardiff.

The African Queen

Screen legends Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn star in a classic from Hollywood's golden age.

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

Direct from Cannes, the definitive visual portrait of British master cinematographer Jack Cardiff.


A young woman joins a pilgrimage to Lourdes in Jessica Hausner's mysterious, compelling drama.

Red like the Sky

The inspiring true tale of a young blind boy who became one of Italy's most gifted sound recordists

A Single Man

Tom Ford's stunning directorial debut, adapted from the seminal 1964 Christopher Isherwood novel.

The Concert

The box office hit featuring a stunning finale set to Tchaikovsky's Concerto for Violin.


Jon Amiel's poignant drama, based on the life and ground-breaking work of Charles Darwin.

South Solitary

Miranda Otto re-teams with her Love Seranade director in a gentle, wry drama from Shirley Barrett.

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

MGM's lush melodrama screens in a superbly restored 35mm print. Limited season exclusive to ACMI.

Me and Orson Welles

Linklater's brilliant evocation of 30s theatre life on Broadway and Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre.