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ACMI x Fed Square Present: Not-So-Silent Cinema

Arts and Culture
Fed Summer
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Arts and Culture
Fed Summer

Dates

Friday 26 February 2021
7:15pm - late
FREE

Friday 5 March 2021
7:15pm - late
FREE

Sunday 7 March 2021
7:15pm - late
FREE

Thursday 1 April 2021
7:15pm - late
FREE

Venue

Main Square

Free, classic silent films with live soundtracks by performing artists in Melbourne’s greatest outdoor cinema? Say no more.

We’re partnering with the newly reopened ACMI – Melbourne’s home of gaming, films and screen culture – to bring you an outdoor cinema silent film series, free on our big screen.

But wait, there’s more – each of these films is accompanied by musicians performing live to create a new, original and fantastical soundtrack. Wrap ya ears around that one.

From Bluegrass thrumming to rhythmic drumming, Fed Square x ACMI are your pals for a free outdoor cinematic extravaganza this summer. The best part? No booking required – we’ll even have comfy seating available for your tush at Fed Oasis, where you can order in from one of our Fed Square dining outlets (delivery right to you in the Square!).

Want more? Sure. How about free ice-cream? Done. Available from 6:45pm before the films, until they run out!

Check out the schedule below, round up the posse, and we’ll see you there.

Please note: the below schedule is dependent on COVID restrictions. Please be sure to check back to this page for further announcements around dates for future sessions.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed | Friday 26 February | 7:15pm

With live score by Phillip Johnston

Lotte Reiniger’s beautiful handcrafted, silhouette animation, and the world’s first animated feature, is given a new electronic-infused jazz score by Phillip Johnston and his quartet.  

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Sherlock Jr / Cops | Friday 5 March | 7:15pm

With live score by Blue Grassy Knoll

Blue Grassy Knoll return to Melbourne with their banjo-fuelled scores to a double feature of Buster Keaton classics: Sherlock Jnr and Cops. Sherlock Jr. sees Buster Keaton star as a young, unlucky-in-love cinema projectionist who dreams of a more heroic role in life. While in Cops Keaton is a young man who accidentally gets on the bad side of the entire LAPD during a parade and is chased all over town.

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Metropolis | Sunday 7 March | 7:15pm

With live score by The New Pollutants

One of the most influential films of the German Expressionist period was Fritz Lang’s dazzling science fiction, Metropolis.  The New Pollutants return to Melbourne with their much-lauded score blending Germanic trip hop, lo-fi electronica and classical music.

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Dr Plonk | Thursday 1 April | 7:15pm

With live score by Stiletto Sisters with associate artists

Dr. Plonk is an Australian sci-fi, comedy set primarily in 1907 as Dr Plonk, a famous scientist and inventor, calculates that the world will end in 101 years unless immediate action is taken. Though ridiculed for his beliefs, Plonk invents a time machine and visits the year 2007 with unexpected results. The music is composed by Graham Tardif, and will be performed by the dynamic and vibrant trio, the Stiletto Sisters, with Phillipa Safey on piano.

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All events are dependent on COVID-19 restrictions as per State Government advice. To read our COVID-safe plan, click here.