Cinema Reborn, a program of rare cinema masterpieces, will be presented in partnership with Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS), from May 3 – 7 at the AFTRS Theatre in Sydney.

This unmissable season of recently restored films and rare archived-sourced films by international and Australian directors has been developed by a community of cinema enthusiasts –  programmers, filmmakers, screen historians and critics – alongside AFTRS.

The Opening Night film on May 3 is the 1939 French classic SANS LENDEMAIN/NO TOMORROW by director Max Ophüls.

Over the four following days Cinema Reborn will present 16 films. All will be screened following best practice in the presentation of archival or screen heritage titles.

“Cinema Reborn is intended to shine a light on the long history of the art of the cinema, the world-wide activity of film restoration and the treasures that exist in the world’s film archives,” said Geoff Gardner, Chair of the Cinema Reborn organising committee.

Neil Peplow, CEO of AFTRS, said: ““The School is proud to be hosting this wonderful program of films. It’s a rare opportunity for film lovers, students, alumni and industry to experience these classics from the world’s finest filmmakers, which would otherwise not be available to audiences.”



Michael Jasper

The title of the Coppola film ONE FROM THE HEART could be the subtitle of this remarkable weekend of delights. An impressive variety of important international works and keeping the Bologna ideal of celebrating great moments of extremely hard to see landmarks in local cinema. Congratulations.

Adrian Martin

SYDNEY FRIENDS FILM-CULTURAL ALERT! An absolutely stupendous new Film Festival event called CINEMA REBORN, spearheaded by the redoubtable Geoffrey Gardner, will unfold in MAY 3 to 7. Rare and/or restored Campion, Ozu, Corinne Cantrill, Parajanov, film noir, Ophüls, YACKETY YACK, Fassbinder, BETWEEN WARS … it is fantastic!! There are talk sessions, introductions, excellent notes by various luminaries on the website. BOOK NOW and make this amazing initiative a regular event!!

Gary Couzens

That’s what I call a lineup – pity I’m halfway round the world. I’ve not only not seen Yackety Yak I’m pretty certain I’ve never had an opportunity to see it in the UK. The DCP of 2 Friends is showing at the BFI Southbank in London tomorrow and (weather permitting) I’m seeing it. Also interested to know that the BFI National Archive has a 35mm print of Between Wars – I have no memory of the BFI Southbank/NFT ever showing it, and as far as I’m aware it was only distributed in 16mm in the UK.

Steve Gaunson

I highly recommend anyone in Sydney to get along to this tremendous program featuring some rare Oz gems such as YACKETY YACK (1974). Terrific selection of world cinema movies also.

Peter Thompson

I’ve been looking at your Cinema Reborn website and I must say, SHOUT !!!, that it is wonderful. Inspired choice of films. Beautifully presented, immaculate notes that cover all the bases and altogether a wonderful initiative.

I can’t express how important it is to the withering culture of cinema in Australia. Perhaps somebody is talking about the need to build culture within the community  —  I guess it’s implicitly understood in older places that have had to fight for their survival? But in Australia it seems to be only very superficially comprehended.

So it is tremendous that you are doing this. AND it sounds like great, stimulating fun as well. Long may you prosper.

If I was living in Sydney, I would be there.