Free Movies on Macquarie

Enjoy free movies from the extensive film and documentary collection of the State Library of New South Wales. The movies are screened regularly on Thursdays at 12.00 in the Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Wing.

Movies or dates may be subject to change. Up to date information can be found on our website or by calling our bookings officer on 9273 1770. 

Videos screened are available for viewing in the State Reference Library or for viewing in your local library through interlibrary loan.

Film Reel

Thursday 12 March 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Free Movies on Macquarie: Stand by Me

Three boys set out for the woods surrounding their small Oregon town in search of a missing body. Typical adolescents, they smoke, cuss, tell tales ... but when the going gets tough, their bravery is tested. An unforgettable journey into adulthood — a time of learning about friendship and growing up.
Film Reel

Thursday 26 March 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Free Movies on Macquarie: Blue Steel

A rookie cop is unaware that the man she falls in love with is also a killer she must stalk as the main suspect in a murder case.
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Saturday 4 April 2015, 11.00 AM

Movie: The Other Hollywoods: A trip to the Moon (France, 1902) & Au Bonheur des Dames (France, 1930)

The Festival and the State Library of NSW are proud to present over two days over Easter four wonderful films from The Other Hollywoods; France, China, Russia and Japan

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

The Goddess Shennu

Saturday 4 April 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: The Other Hollywoods: The Goddess Shénnǚ (China, 1935)

“Ruan Ling-yu plays a prostitute who uses her earnings to support and educate her son. The title of the film was the Shanghai way of describing a woman who sells her body. The heroine is forced to enter the oldest of professions as it is the only way for her and her child to survive and to provide for his education.” Richard Meyer

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

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Monday 6 April 2015, 11.00 AM

Movie: The Other Hollywoods: Bed and Sofa Tretya meshchanskaya (Russia, 1927)

Bed and Sofa is a beautiful film that represents the fine and gentle aspect of Soviet cinema of the 1920s, focussing on individuals and relationships rather than causes, revolutions or social issues. It deserves a place alongside famous Soviet Avant Garde silent classics such as The End of St. Petersburg, Battleship Potemkin and Mother, to name a few.

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

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Monday 6 April 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: The Other Hollywoods:  I Was Born, But….. Umarete wa mita keredo (Japan, 1932)

This charming and delightful film by Yasujiro Ozu, one of Japan’s most highly esteemed directors, is a beautiful work of art that paints a story in very subtle tones and yet leaves a permanent impression on the viewer’s mind and soul.
I Was Born, But… is a family story seen from the viewpoint of two small boys who see the world through very different eyes. Ozu creates this perspective so effectively that viewers are amused as they are reminded of their own childhood. But playing hooky from school and faking exam results are no laughing matter for the parents who are struggling with problems the children cannot begin to fathom.

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

Film Reel

Thursday 9 April 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Free Movies on Macquarie: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

A detective gets involved in a dastardly plot to redevelop Toontown. In this story of adventure, action and romance, live action blends with animation to create a world where anything can happen!
Film Reel

Thursday 23 April 2015, 12.00 PM

Movie: Free Movies on Macquarie: The Pink Panther

An incompetent Sureté inspector is in Switzerland on the trail of a jewel thief called The Phantom.
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Saturday 25 April 2015, 2.00 PM

Movie: Rats of Tobruk (1944)

Umbrella Entertainment: “Following on the great tradition of Forty Thousand Horsemen, Charles Chauvel’s 1944 cinematic account of the Battle of Rommel is a tour de force of Australian filmmaking, telling the story of three courageous men who join the Australian Imperial Force at the beginning of the war.

This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.

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