September 23, 2009

The UNSW Film Society and Australia’s Silent Film Festival are pleased to announce a special price for members of $10 per ticket to two of the Festival masterpieces: Fritz Lang’s Destiny and Buster Keaton’s The General. Also we have a special price of $8 for another screening; Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera. Please contact us to find out how to secure tickets at this discounted rate.

ASFF-BannerThe Australia’s Silent Film Festival will take place at the State Library of NSW in Sydney on October 15, 17, 24 and 25. Details of the program and the relevant dates are set out below and on the website.

The musicians this year again include the incomparable Miss Sharolyn Kimmorley, Mauro Colombis and Professor Robert Constable.

Most of the sessions shall be presented with live music.

The Festival is proud to present a premium selection from the Golden Era of silent films, featuring legendary names such as Greta Garbo, Douglas Fairbanks and Buster Keaton, as well as a few surprises!

Thrill to the classic action adventure epic of The Mark of Zorro – the original movie that started it all! – Or be transported by the beautiful and inspirational romance of Seventh Heaven.

Perhaps a gothic fantasy with a sad yet touching love story like Destiny is more to your liking? Perhaps an art house film from the Soviet Avant Garde period appeals more and The Man with the Movie Camera will fit the bill.

Australia also produced some great classics along with the rest of the world, and the Festival is proud to present one of our first greatest productions The Story of the Kelly Gang, made in 1906, and the great classic, The Sentimental Bloke, considered one of Australia’s most important films.

Or perhaps you’re just after some classic comedy from the good old days which is hard to find these days. Buster Keaton’s The General should satisfy, as well as the ever-popular slapstick comedies in the More Comedies for Kids session.

Our supporters in this wonderful event include the National Film and Sound Archive; the Goethe-Institut Australien; Alliance Française de Sydney; The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney; and Abbey’s Bookshops.

The celebrated Sharolyn Kimmorley and ensemble will accompany The Mark of Zorro, the opening session on October 15. Professor Chris Puplick, Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive, will attend the opening and other sessions.


Week 3 Screening!

March 23, 2009

Hi everyone! Hopefully most of you are not burnt out yet by the semester. Can you believe there’s only two more weeks until mid-session break?!

So far at Filmsoc we’ve brought you some pretty light-hearted or lulzy films (come on…a giant killer pig?), but this week we’re giving you a taste of something a little darker and a bit more ‘food for thought’. From a director whose cinematography I consider to be one of the most outstanding on the silver screen, comes this week’s film- The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)
TIME: 5:30pm
LOCATION: Rooom 327, Robert Webster Building
DIRECTED BY: Peter Greenaway
STARRING: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard, Tim Roth, Liz Smith, Ciaran Hinds, Paul Russell, Ian Dury
SYNOPSIS: An English gangster (Michael Gambon) and his thugs have taken over a high-class French restaurant. He makes nightly appearances and causes frequent confrontations with the staff and diners. Whilst there, his wife (Helen Mirren) begins a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals. This Peter Greenaway film delivers a banquet of sound and colour. The costuming, framing and soundtrack are absolutely beautiful and are heavily contrasted with the grotesque nature of some scenes and characters. This film has a lot of depth, with a very wide scope for interpretation and makes for a very memorable film.

We look forward to seeing you all at the screening!


Week 2 Screening!

March 16, 2009

Uni’s still progressing and UNSW Filmsoc keeps bringing the films! I hope everyone who came to our screening last week enjoyed themselves, but if you didn’t make it, we’ve still got more coming up for you! This week we’ve got an anime screening for those of you who enjoy the wonders of Japanese animation of a recent release from the animation studio which brought you Neon Genesis Evangelion- The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
TIME: 5:30pm
LOCATION: Rooom 327, Robert Webster Building
DIRECTED BY: Mamoru Hosoda
STARRING: Risa Naka, Sachie Hara, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura
SYNOPSIS: Makoto Konno, a high school student, realises she has the power to ‘time-leap’ when she impossibly avoids a fatal accident. At first, Makoto uses her power extravagantly to avoid being tardy and to get perfect grades on tests, and even relive a single karaoke session for about ten hours. However, things begin to turn bad as she discovers how tampering with events can lead to some unwanted results. Winner of the Best Animated Film at the Japanese Academy Awards this superbly emotional and touching tale teaches us how to accept our circumstances and that some things should remain unchanged.

We’ve also got a dinner taking place afterward at Yong Jing’s on Anzac Parade in Kingsford, so if you could RSVP to our email- before 12pm Wednesday that would be lovely!


2009 AGM results!

March 12, 2009

Hi guys!

A huge thank you to everyone who came to the Filmsoc 2009 AGM yesterday! I’m pretty sure our screening of Razorback was a pretty good reward for putting up with all those formalities!

The results are in and your 2009 executive team for Filmsoc are:

President- Toby Sharpe
Secretary- Austvina Phan
Treasurer- Mary Qiu
ARC Delegate- Shivana Thiru Moorthy
Screenings Director- Simon Anlezark
IT Officer/Designer- Austvina Phan
General Executive- Shaun Adarkar
General Executive- Anthony De Rosa

A big congratulations to our team once again!


First Screening!

March 9, 2009

Hello once again!

I hope you’ve all recovered from the shenigans of the Launch Party and that you all enjoyed yourselves. Because I know we all enjoyed seeing lots of new faces (and some of the old ones too!).

However the fun doesn’t stop there even though uni has started (BOOOO)! Starting with Week 1, we’ve got our regular Wednesday screenings all lined up for you for the rest of the year and we’re starting off with a kooky Ozploitation film: Razorback

Razorback (1984)
TIME: 6:15pm-6:30pm (after the AGM)
LOCATION: Robert Webster Building Room 327
DIRECTED BY: Russel Mulcahy
STARRING: Gregory Harrison, Arkie Whiteley, Bill Kerr, Judy Morris
SYNOPSIS: A schlocky ozploitation classic set in the outback about a killer animal. Think Jaws with a giant pig. In a search to find out what really happened, many people are soon fighting for their lives with the giant terror. ‘Razorback’ is an exciting, violent and fun exploitation film. A great popcorn munching movie!

Don’t forget that we have our 2009 Annual General Meeting before the screening (in the same location) and that starts at about 5:30pm, so come along and make your vote for the new executive team of 2009 count and have your say about Filmsoc! Also, our latest issue of the zine is available for download here:!

Here’s to a good semester at uni!


Post O-Week report

February 28, 2009

A HUGE thank you to everyone who signed up or visited us at O-Week! It was an exhausting week but we made it through and had lots of fun!

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to sign up, there still is an opportunity for you at our launch party! The details are as featured below:

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Hermann’s Bar (18+ venue)
Street: City Road

Just look for the UNSW reception table and give us your details then and there!


O-Week is here!

February 22, 2009

Hi everyone! Just a few more hours and it’ll be the beginning of O-Week!

I suppose I should actually introduce myself while I’m here. I’m Austvina, IT Officer/Designer and provisional Secretary for Filmsoc 2009. I’ll be updating you all via the wonderful medium of the interwebs about all the latest going ons with Filmsoc throughout the year!

As I said in my last post, UNSW Filmsoc will be there at O-Week near the Science Lawn ready to meet all you lovely new members. We’ve got a lucky dip for you guys to win prizes with, screenings being shown at the Unreel Cinema, badges for sale and a members’ choice box where you can let us know what YOU want to see.

And while you’re at it, if you’re interested, sign up with us at O-Week or if you’re shy, drop us a line at our email or come along to one of our screenings! One of our major events coming up in fact is our Launch Party so we’d love to see you all there!

You can also keep up to date with us via Facebook at:

And here’s some links to some awesome downloads:
Members’ Guide 2009:
Film Strip Zine Issue #1:

Here’s to a great O-Week and we hope to meet as many of you newbies as possible!