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Film Screenings

The State Library regularly presents free film screenings in the comfortable surroundings of the State Library Theatre.

The Wednesday Matinee features films and videos from the collections held by the Library. Screenings usually run for about 60 minutes. Admission is free and screening starts at 1.30pm. Bookings are not necessary.

Wednesday Matinee

All screenings commence at 1.30pm

April 2014 PDF

April 2nd

Rewi’s Last Stand (1990, 60 min) 

The last of the Waikato Wars began when the spearhead of a 1200-strong British force charged an apparently weak Maori position at Orakau, south-east of Te Awamutu.

April 9th

Mandarins of New Golden Mountain (1993, 54 min)

The discovery of gold in Australia in the 1850s brought a vast army of Chinese gold-diggers to Australia. Once here, they trekked for hundreds of miles to the diggings where they were brutally treated by hostile European and Australian miners.

April 16th

Welcome to the Jungle (1994, 50 min)

New technologies are poised to radically transform the way we live and work. The internet, with its free-flow of anonymous contacts and information exchanges, may redefine the concept of friendship.

April 23rd

Funny by George (1999, 56 min)

George Wallace was Australia’s first genuine box office star of the sound era appearing in five feature films and achieving international success. (Courtesy of NFSA)

April 30th

The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera (1996, 55 min)

A fascinating documentary about Sam Fuller, one of Hollywood's most illustrious writers and directors. (Courtesy of NFSA) 


May 2014

May 7

The Singer and the Dancer

(1976, 50 min)

Mrs Bilson is treated as a simple-minded invalid by her family and periodically escapes to sit by the river and listen to the races. Stars Ruth Cracknell. (Courtesy of NFSA)

May 14

Applause Please / Soft Soap / Concerto for Ads and Heads

(1976, 62 min)

A screening of three films that each make statements about commercial advertising and the susceptibility of consumers. (Courtesy of NFSA)

May 21

Russia For Sale: The Rough Road to Capitalism

(1991, 58 min)

A steel worker from St. Petersburg, a Moscow police chief and an entrepreneur talk about their views on the former Soviet Union's breakup and the historic transition from Communism to

Capitalism. (Courtesy of NFSA)

May 28


(1931, 59 min)

Two Australian ‘cobbers’ attend a reunion 12 years after the First World War and reminisce about their “exploits”. (Courtesy of NFSA)


Page last updated: Friday 11 April 2014