Braking Plates (2160x1023)
Braking Plates (2160x1023)
Breaking Plates, © The Physical TV Company (2023)

ACMI Presents

Breaking Plates + Q&A

Karen Pearlman | Australia | 2023 | Unclassified (15+)

This event has ended and tickets are no longer available.


Sat 30 Sep 2023


During the closing weekend of Goddess, join us in the cinema for a special preview screening of Breaking Plates – a raucous documentary about the not-so-silent women of the silent film era.

This unique hybrid of documentary, silent film, drama and dance puts revolutionary women of the past on the screen with present day filmmakers. Contemporary women talk to characters from 100 years ago, reanimate their antics and emulate their mayhem moves. As early 21st century performers step into the clothes of their early 20th century counterparts, battling their haywire machines, exploding gags, and eruptive bodies, they learn to wield humour as a weapon against the structures that contain them today.

Breaking Plates is a boundary-smashing brawl and a creative revolution for women onscreen, a riotously entertaining enactment of the principle that if we want to tell different stories, we have to tell stories differently.

This special preview screening will be preceded by the -award-winning hybrid documentary short film I Want to Make a Film About Women, and will be followed by a Q&A with Director Karen Pearlman and Producer Richard James Allen.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: The Physical TV Company
Courtesy: The Physical TV Company
Runtime: 25 mins


Unclassified (15+)

Contains brief coarse language. Viewers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


This event is FREE for ACMI Members.

Members will be invited to book tickets (limit of 2 per member) from Friday 22 September.

Not an ACMI Member yet?
See membership options


2pm Introduction
2.15pm I Want to Make a Film About Women (short film)
2.30pm Breaking Plates (short film)
2.55pm Q&A
3.25pm Event concludes


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

Plan your visit

ACMI Membership

Experience ACMI in the very best way. Get a range of discounts and invitations to exclusive previews.

See membership options
A couple checks out consumes from The Last Emperor in The Story of the Moving Image (image credit: Phoebe Powell)
ACMI building at night - photograph by Shannon McGrath

Plan your visit

Visitor guidelines, information on accessibility, amenities, transport, dining options and more.

Hero gnocchi - Jake Roden

Looking for dining options?

Our restaurant, cafe and bar in the heart of Fed Square features a seasonally driven menu developed by acclaimed Melbourne chef Karen Martini.

ACMI Shop items - red and blue colour scheme


Melbourne's favourite shop dedicated to all things moving image. Every purchase supports your museum of screen culture.


Join our newsletter

Get updates on the latest news, exhibitions, programs, special offers and more.

You might also like