Nocturnal Transmissions: The Cinema of Guy Maddin

Tales from the Gimli Hospital

Tales from the Gimli Hospital

J Hoberman cited Guy Maddin as "the most eccentric of mainstream filmmakers (or the most accessible of the avant-gardists)".

For decades, Maddin has created cinematic worlds governed entirely by their own logic. Inventive, wonderfully self-deprecating and irreverent, each new work offers an avalanche of humour and delirious melodrama.

His films celebrate the tactility of the medium and pay homage to cinema of a bygone era, drawing on influences as varied as Homer and ice hockey. Sleepwalkers, amnesiacs, (flawed) heroes and the psychotic inhabit Maddin's snowbound landscapes, where dreams and memory reign supreme.

Strike your own path through this intoxicating season or take a guided tour of his films with our specially selected curated packages.

Read Guy Maddin's insightful and hilarious reviews of his entire cinematic catalogue in our blog post Very Lush and Full of Ostriches.

Curated by Kristy Matheson

Thursday 5 July - Friday 27 July 2012
Full $15 Concession $12 ACMI Members $11
Curated Packages $30

Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight

Tom Waits narrates this glimpse into Maddin's world during the production of his fourth feature, 'Twilight of the Ice Nymphs'.


From duels on snowy mountain peaks to children locked in the attic, the intrigue and melodrama is as full-blown as the colour!

Tales from the Gimli Hospital

Maddin's feature debut was an instant 'midnight movie' hit that introduced the filmmaker's distinctive voice to the world.


A surreal tale of mistaken identity, unrequited love, wartime heroics and amnesia in the Russian Arctic.

Twilight of the Ice Nymphs

Maddin's first 35mm picture sees six characters battling for love duke it out in the fantasy land of Mandragora.

Brand Upon the Brain!

A giddy, woozy tale of teenage lust, cannibalism and orphan terror narrated by Isabella Rossellini.

The Saddest Music in the World

A hilarious Depression-era romp replete with secrets, scandal and a beer baroness with glass prosthetic legs full of beer!

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

A sensual, political and expressionistic reworking of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' by Maddin and the Winnipeg Royal Ballet.

Cowards Bend the Knee

A love letter to ice hockey, memory and melodrama that many believe to be Maddin's most perfect film to date.

My Winnipeg

A witty, surreal docu-fantasia about Maddin's home town, Winnipeg, a snowbound landscape from which there is seemingly no escape.


The Australian premiere of Maddin's sprawling gangster flick, which pays homage to Homer's 'Odyssey'.

Guy Maddin Selects

Alongside Maddin's celebrated features and shorts, this season includes films nominated by the director as either inspiration or an ideal screening companion for his films.


Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer seamlessly melds the spiritual and material worlds in this haunting vampire tale.


Newly restored for the Universal 100th Anniversary celebrations - obsession and mistaken identity have never looked so good!

This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (Esta noite encarnarei no teu cadáver)

Coffin Joe continues his search for the perfect woman with the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, tarantulas and snakes.

The Furies

Barbara Stanwyck returns to the Western genre as a ranch heiress in this Greek tragedy set in the Wild West.

White Zombie

A plantation owner's obsession with a beautiful young woman leads him into the clutches of a menacing witch doctor (Bela Lugosi).

House (Hausu)

This Japanese cult classic has been described as 'Scooby Doo' as directed by Dario Argento.

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