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Movie Mogul is a project run through ACMI’s partnership with Swinburne University of Technology which provides Cinema & Screen Studies students with the to opportunity to curate their own season of films for exhibition on Cinema 3. The winning seasons were decided by a panel of experts at a pitch session at ACMI, and by a popular vote from ACMI members.

Panel Winner - ACMI For Beginners

Enjoy this selection which serves as an entry point for wannabe cinephiles into the world of cinema. This collection will broaden the horizons of anyone searching for deeper understanding of film, or anyone trying to find a short-cut to the highlights of the past and present on the silver screen. This season echoes ACMI’s film programming from the comfort of your own home.

Student curator: Jayden Sheppard

Popular Vote - Bare Impressions of Film

The Impressionist art movement of the 19th century was founded by French painter Claude Monet and is described as the embodiment of the essence of everyday life. Rather than a detailed depiction, it would reflect the bare impression of what is seen. Artists would paint en plein air – outdoors – to capture their interpretation of what they see before them. Common subjects of Impressionism feature natural landscapes and the everyday. Monet’s works capture the vibrant dreaminess of these scenes and inspire this collection. These films have otherworldly elements to them seen in the whimsical environments of Monet’s art, executed through alluring visuals and profound stories.

Student curators: Alexandra Riddell, Jehanna Omega, Matthew Rush, Siara O’Brien


ACMI For Beginners

1h 42m Drama, Romance 1942
I Am Not Your Negro
1h 29m Documentary 2016
1h 28m Feature, Drama 1950
Mad Max 2
1h 35m Action, Science Fiction, Adventure 1981
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
1h 59m Feature, Drama 2019

Bare Impressions of Film

2h 9m Drama 2011
Big Eyes
1h 46m Drama, Biography 2013
2h 2m Comedy, Romance 2001
2h 28m Drama, Mystery 2018
1h 55m Drama 2021

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