Published on September 4th, 2017


The Australian Cinémathèque at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art presents exclusive cinema projects and events in collaboration with Brisbane Festival this September, including the Australian premiere of ‘Blind Cinema’, and a rare experience to enjoy classic Italian horror films on the big screen.

Co-presented with Brisbane Festival, ‘Gothic, Giallo, Gore: Masters of Italian Horror’ celebrates the works of the three most prominent directors of Italian horror cinema: Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, and Dario Argento, from 8 September to 1 October 2017 at GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines said the horror film program celebrated the main auteurs of the Italian giallo film genre.

‘From Bava’s deeply influential gothic works, Argento’s mastery of the lurid thriller, and Fulci’s gory oeuvre, fans of horror cinema can expect a wildly gruesome and exhilarating month of cinema at GOMA,’ Mr Saines said.

‘Audiences can experience the best films of these iconic directors on the big screen – with bone-chilling highlights such as Bava’s gothic Black Sunday 1960, Fulci’s gory Zombi 2 1979, and Argento’s masterpieces Deep Red 1975 and Suspiria 1977.’

The horror program launches on Friday 8 September with a screening of The Bird with the Crystal Plumage 1970 (which fittingly opens in an art gallery)introduced by film critic and author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas.

QAGOMA’s giallo program includes rare 35mm prints from private and national archives, alongside vibrant new digital restorations.

For a less terrifying cinematic experience, the Gallery presents the Australian premiere of ‘Blind Cinema’ at GOMA during Brisbane Festival.

Developed by London and Brussels based artist Britt Hatzius, ‘Blind Cinema’ is a collaborative act that invites adult audiences to experience a film while blindfolded, with a child who describes in hushed tones the film they are seeing for the very first time.

The Gallery is also co-presenting two special events offsite during the Brisbane Festival, at much-loved Brisbane venues The Tivoli and the Old Museum.

In conjunction with the giallo horror program, the Australian Cinémathèque and Brisbane Festival bring Rome-based progressive-rock legends Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin to Brisbane for an exclusive event ‘Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin Play Suspiria’.

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will perform their film score live alongside a screening of Suspiria on Friday 22 September at The Tivoli. Claudio Simonetti and Goblin were the musical masterminds behind the beloved scores for horror classics like Deep Red 1975 and Tenebre 1982.

Presented in partnership with Brisbane Festival and in association with Camerata (Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra), QAGOMA presents Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin 1925, in a special live performance at the Old Museum. Often cited as one of the greatest films of all time, this new restoration of a silent masterpiece will be brought to life with a stunning new score performed live by Camerata.

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Program overview:

  • ‘Gothic, Giallo, Gore: Masters of Italian Horror’ film program: 8 September to 1 October at GOMA
  • ‘Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin Play Suspiria’Friday 22 September at The Tivoli
  • ‘Blind Cinema’: 19-23 September at GOMA
  • ‘Battleship Potemkin’Sunday 24 September at The Old Museum