Here you will find a wide range of essays and filmmaker notes from ACMI's international exhibition and film seasons.
Writer Christos Tsiolkas provides a personal reflection on the films of Bernardo Bertolucci.
Voice of the Grain: Films by Arthur and Corinne Cantrill
Jake Wilson, Melbourne writer and curator of Grain of the Voice looks back at the vast body of work produced by Arthur and Corinne Cantrill.
Twisted Tales: Tim Burton's Modern Fables
Assistant Curator Kate Warren explores Burton's affinity with the darker, subversive re-imaginings of traditional fairy tale and fable storytelling.
East German Cinema
Dr Heinz Leo Kretzenbacher on the cultural value of East German cinema. Read the same essay in German here.
Melbourne crime writer Shane Maloney delves into the light and dark of classic Australian cinema.
William Klein: Waiting for a Photographer
Film critic and scholar Dr Adrian Martin looks into the wild and wonderful world of William Klein.
Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and Africana Studies at New York University, Ed Guerrero discusses the rich legacy of Spike Lee's work.
Johnnie To: A Current Appraisal
American film critic, filmmaker, and independent scholar Andrew Grossman examines the enduring and often enigmatic vision of Johnnie To.
The Saragossa Manuscript
In this excerpt from a Senses of Cinema essay, US writer and editor John Fidler decodes Wojciech J. Has' mysterious and baffling film.
Jim Henson's Secret Cinema
Focus on Jim Henson curator Jim Knox on the work of the world's most beloved puppeteer.
Under the Influence
Focus On Jim Henson curator Jim Knox on the work of Marv Newland and Sally Cruikshank, two Sesame Street animators whose independent work celebrates and satirises the crazy counter-culture comix universe.
Asia & Dario Argento
Written to accompany the Focus on Asia & Dario Argento season, these pogram notes offer insight into the work of this father-daughter filmmaking dynasty.
Guillermo del Toro
How a self-confessed special effects 'geek' from Mexico reinvigorated the fantasy horror genre.
Q&A: Crispin Glover
Writer, scene-stealing actor, film and trouble maker Crispin Glover answered some pertinent questions for ACMI on the eve of his Big Slide Show tour.
Barney Rosset on Barney Rosset
The maverick US publisher - the subject of Neil Ortenberg's documentary Obscene - reminisces in this essay for ACMI about the highs and lows (but mainly the highs) of independent publishing in '60s America.
Made in USA
Christos Tsiolkas on the films of the quintessential actor's director and the defining figure of American independent cinema.
Curator of our Focus On Female Gothic, Adrian Martin traces the path of the heroine through thriller and horror, women's cinema and the avant-garde.
Gus Van Sant
Curator of our Focus On Gus Van Sant, Roberta Ciabarra takes us through a role-call of Van Sant's fringe dwellers.