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Out Takes

30 Aug 2022

Celebrating Melbourne’s Independent Cinema Scene

TV & Film

Celebrating Melbourne’s Independent Cinema Scene

As Cinema Nova are celebrating their 30th anniversary from August 24 with a week of festivities including a retrospective programme of some of the Carlton cinema’s most popular and memorable movies, we thought it was a great time to take a look at Melbourne’s fantastic independent cinema scene and its impact on the local queer community.

This momentous milestone also ties in with the upcoming release of a fantastic new documentary called ‘The Lost City of Melbourne’ that premiered at the 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival. Melbourne has been an epicentre of arts and culture since the 1850s and has a long term love affair with movies and a complicated relationship with the theatres that screen them across the city. The film highlights how the attempted ‘modernisation’ of Melbourne in the 1950s destroyed much of the city, including its elegant cinemas and picture palaces, and what has survived and thrived since then.

We were joined for this program by good friend of the show and Cinema Nova CEO Kristian Connelly to discuss this incredible milestone of one of Melbourne’s favourite arthouse cinemas. We also shared some of our favourite Melbourne movie moments and gave our recommendations on what to check out and where around Melbourne’s eclectic cinema scene.

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