What features multiple titles starring Benedict Cumberbatch, several films directed by Alfred Hitchcock and a few Oscar-winning flicks — plus a silent comedy that toys with an iconic character, a movie based on a board game everyone has played and a cinema continuation of a cult TV series? Best put your thinking caps on, Brisbanites, although this mystery isn't hard to solve. Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and Veronica Mars would likely work it out instantly.
To paraphrase old Sherlock, a new film season is afoot. From July 6 to September 2, the Gallery of Modern Art's Australian Cinematheque will be focusing on detectives. Sleuths of the private eye, police, newspaper, juror, neighbourhood and hacker kind (and more) will all grace GOMA's big screen, in a program that includes favourites old and new — The Maltese Falcon's Sam Spade and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander among them.
Catch the original 70s version of Murder on the Orient Express, revisit David Fincher's detective double of Seven and Zodiac, or enjoy the personal puzzle of Australian box-office sensation Lion — they're all on the bill. Tickets range between $7-10 for regular sessions, and between $12-15 for two special screenings of 1916's Sherlock Holmes and 1924's Sherlock Jr with a live organ accompaniment. Or, if you want to see the first episode of television's Sherlock on the big screen, that's free.