Reel Stories



Museum Theatre
Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
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A Look at Life Through Motion Film

Part of "History, Culture & Collections" the 2017 Museums Victoria Humanities Department lectures series.

Motion film is one of the most pervasive media we have for portraying life. We are all, in one way or another, influenced by the moving image through cinema, television, the internet and the smart phone. Museums Victoria has a rich collection of film, categorized as home movies, scientific recordings, and film of industry and significant historical events. This lecture will highlight the role of non-fiction film as ‘storyteller’.

The three speakers in this lecture will present segments from a selection of film, including one of the earliest extant ethnographic films made. Each of the films embodies a story, made unique by the medium used to create it. In this sense film is a powerful means of creating, preserving and sharing our history. This lecture is an opportunity to view excerpts of film from the collections which has only recently become accessible as an outcome of the Museum’s audio-visual digitisation program. These include: An Arrernte Welcoming Party, Alice Springs, 1901; A Trip to Hermannsburg and Central Australia, 1939; Kodak Australasia footage, Melbourne, 1960s. 


Dr Philip Batty, Senior Curator of Anthropology in the Humanities Department, Museums Victoria.

Lorenzo Iozzi, Senior Collection Manager of the History & Technology images collections in the Humanities Department, Museums Victoria.

Fiona Kinsey, Senior Curator of Images & Image Making, in the Humanities Department, Museums Victoria

Free entry.  Please book a ticket to reserve a seat

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Fiona Kinsey