For their first film program of 2018, the Gallery of Modern Art's Australian Cinematheque is offering up its own take on old adage: if you can't explore the world, then bring the world to you. In All the World's Memories, that includes seeing the planet through a seasoned documentary cinematographer's eyes in the highly acclaimed Cameraperson, stepping into a treasure trove of lost nitrate film prints in Dawson City: Frozen Time, examining American race relations in I Am Not Your Negro and travelling through the last trips made by an Austrian filmmaker in Untitled. And, they're just some of the more recent titles that feature in the program.
From January 5 to February 24, GOMA will highlight the best factual flicks, film essays and artist videos not only from the past year, but throughout the history of cinema as a medium. The showcase is designed to delve into humanity's desire to understand our world, as seen in everything from collages and compilations to personal explorations and probing pieces. Other highlights span from perennial favourite Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, to the applauded and influential San Soleil, to the clip-focused Los Angeles Plays Itself and Final Cut — Ladies and Gentlemen — plus the pioneering Man With a Movie Camera, the 1929 effort dismissed in its own time but now considered one of the best docos ever made.
And, in even better news for cinephiles looking to catch a few films that have never graced Brissie's big screens, movie buffs keen to revisit some old factual faves and anyone eager for quite the movie journey, the entire program is free. Sessions run on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday during the day.