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.
Thursday 31 July, 12.00 PM
The Frankenstein story is updated into a hilarious comedy in which Gene Wilder plays young American brain surgeon Frederick Frankenstein, who travels to Transylvania to receive a legacy.
When the legacy turns out to be a record of his grandfather’s monster experiment, he is unable to resist trying his hand.
Saturday 9 August, 12.00 PM
This event is part of the Biography Week series.
Thursday 14 August, 12.00 PM
A fascinating documentary about the largely forgotten role of Australians on the Western Front of World War I. Using hundreds of brutally honest eyewitness accounts, private diaries, letters and postcards, the diggers’ experiences are recounted battle by bloody battle.
Thursday 28 August, 12.00 PM
As the armies of Europe mobilised to prepare for the Great War, military experts predicted that this would be a war fought by cavalry. Why then did it end up being fought in the trenches? Why was this the first — and last — trench war the world would see?
Sunday 31 August, 2.00 PM
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) is the first major anti-war film of the sound era, faithfully based upon the timeless, best-selling 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque (who had experienced the war first-hand as a young German soldier). The landmark, epic film, made on a large-scale budget of $1.25 million for Universal Pictures and won the Academy Award for Best Picture (the third winner in the history of AMPAS) and Best Director (Lewis Milestone with his first sound feature) and it was also nominated for Best Writing Achievement (George Abbott, Maxwell Anderson, and Del Andrews) and Best Cinematography (Arthur Edeson). It was a critical and financial success, and probably the greatest of pacifist, anti-war films - the grainy black and white film is still not dated and the film hasn't lost its initial impact.
This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.