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Cinema Nova Retroselective presents Three Women (dir. Robert Altman, 1977)

Screening + pre-feature talk on Altman’s female-centric horror films by Emma Westwood.
For more information and to book tickets, visit Cinema Nova.

Friday 21st October 2022, Cinema Nova, Melbourne


Cinema Nova presents Here’s To You, Leo Grande (dir. Sophie Hyde, 2022)

Screening + meet-the-filmmaker Q&A session.
Featuring director Sophie Hyde and actors Daryl McCormack and Emma Thompson,
hosted by Emma Westwood.
For more information and to book tickets, visit Cinema Nova.

Sunday 7th August 2022 @ 5.30pm, Cinema Nova, Melbourne


Cinema Nova Film Club presents Men (dir. Alex Garland, 2022)

Screening + post-screening discussion with host KoKo and Emma Westwood.
For more information and to book tickets, visit Cinema Nova.

Friday 3rd June 2022 @ 6.50pm, Cinema Nova, Melbourne


Cinemaniacs’ presents All That Jazz (dir. Bob Fosse, 1979)

Introduction by Emma Westwood.
For more information and to book tickets, visit ACMI.

Friday 27th May 2022 @ 7.30pm, ACMI, Melbourne 


Cinemaniacs’ presents Cut the Protesting: A look at Jesus Christ Superstar and much more!*

Panel discussion about religious-themed films that prompted outrage featuring Lee Gambin, Jarret Gahan and Emma Westwood.
For more information and to book tickets, visit ACMI.

Friday 27th August 2021 @ 7.30pm, ACMI, Melbourne



Cinemaniacs’ presents Deliverance (dir. John Boorman, 1972)

Introduction by Emma Westwood.

Saturday 12th October 2019 @ 8pm, Backlot Studios, Melbourne


Fangoria x Monster Fest presents Behind the Screen

Panel discussion with film practitioners Michael Helms, Sally Christie, John Harrison, Eloise Ross and Emma Westwood about working in behind-the-screens roles.

Sunday 13th October 2019 @ 11am, Cinema Nova, Melbourne


ALIEN DAY: 4K restoration of Alien and original 70mm Aliens

Introduction to the double feature by Tristan Jones and Emma Westwood.

Friday 26th April 2019 @ 7.30pm, The Astor Theatre, Melbourne


Melbourne Women in Film Festival presents Delightfully Dark 

Panel discussion featuring Emma Westwood that explores how women filmmakers engage with darkness – from horror and fantasy to explorations of real-life.

Saturday 23rd February 2019 @ 12.30pm, ACMI, Melbourne


‘My family’s always been in meat’ – A Tobe Hooper Retrospective

Cinemaniacs’ second annual film festival, featuring two introductions by Emma Westwood – Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive (1976) and The Funhouse (1981).

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th January 2019, Backlot Studios, Melbourne


Journal Launch: Cinemaniacs Presents ‘If I Only Had a Brain’

The launch of the inaugural Cinemaniacs journal on the theme ‘Scarecrows in Cinema’, featuring a roll call of authors (including Emma Westwood).

Sunday 10th November 2018 @ 6.30pm, Grub Street Bookshop, Melbourne


Book Launch: Rollerball and The Fly

A ‘social booze & schmooze’ plus a live interview by Dr Dean Brandum with the authors. Hosted by Sally Christie and Grub Street Bookshop.

Sunday 4th November 2018 @ 4.30pm, Grub Street Bookshop, Melbourne


Cinemaniacs Presents: “All of Them Witches” – The Devil in 60s and 70s Cinema

A panel discussion as part of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival – hosted by Hande Noyan and featuring Sally Christie, Lee Gambin and Emma Westwood – focusing on Hollywood’s obsession with everything Satanic in the 1960s and 1970s.

Saturday 24th March 2018 @ 3pm, ACMI Studio 1, Melbourne


Cinemaniacs’ presents Prophecy (dir. John Frankenheimer, 1979)

Introduction by Emma Westwood, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Emma on bears in cinema.

Saturday 17th March 2018 @ 8pm, Backlot Studios, Melbourne


‘You’re a vile, sorry little bitch!’ – A Celebration of Hagsploitation!

Cinemaniacs’ Hagsploitation Film Festival, featuring an introduction by Emma Westwood to Strait-Jacket (1964) starring Joan Crawford, and panel discussion on The Women of Hagsploitation with Sally Christie and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas.

Friday 12th & Saturday 13th January 2018, Backlot Studios, Melbourne


ACMI Conversations: The Psychology of Fear

What is driving our insatiable appetite for real-life horrors on screening?
A panel and audience discussion featuring documentarian Rosie Jones, psychologist Professor Nick Haslam and researcher Penelope Thomas – hosted by Emma Westwood. 

Watch a recording of the entire event here

Tuesday 31st October 2017 @ 6.30pm, ACMI, Melbourne


Screening and Q&A, Blue (dir. Karina Holden, 2017)

Melbourne preview screening of the documentary Blue followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Karina Holden and Ocean Guardian Dr Jennifer Lavers – hosted by Emma Westwood. 

Sunday 24th September 2017 @ 3pm, Cinema Nova, Melbourne


MIFF Talks: Triple R Outside Broadcast

Triple R goes live from the MIFF Festival Lounge at Forum Melbourne.
From 4pm, catch Maps with Fee B-Squared for interviews and panel discussions around select Music on Film titles, as well as live performances. Then, from 7 to 8pm the crew from Plato’s Cave (Cerise Howard, Tara Judah, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Emma Westwood) review some of their special picks from the festival.

Monday 7th August 2017 @ 4pm, Forum Theatre, Melbourne (Plato’s Cave @ 7pm)


Cinemaniacs’ screening of Christine (dir. John Carpenter, 1983)

Introduction by Clementine Bastow
Panel discussion of the films of John Carpenter with Anthony Biancofiore, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Dean Brandum, Tristan Jones, Emma Westwood
Featuring exclusive video interviews with actors Keith Gordon and Alexandra Paul

Saturday 8th July 2017 @ 8pm, Backlot Studios, Melbourne


Screening and discussion panel, Raw (dir. Julia Ducournau, 2016)

Premiere Melbourne screening of Raw followed by a panel of Clementine Bastow, Barbara Creed and Philippa Hawker – hosted by Emma Westwood – discussing ‘horror in the eyes of women, new age feminism and women on film’.

Wednesday 19th April 2017 @ 6.30pm, Cinema Nova, Melbourne


Cinemaniacs’ presents Dolls (dir. Stuart Gordon, 1987)

Introduction by Emma Westwood

Saturday 17th September 2016 @ 8pm, Backlot Studios, Melbourne


Melbourne International Film Festival, Bad Girl (dir. Fin Edquist, 2016)

Emma Westwood hosts a Q&A with the filmmaker at the end of the session

Saturday 13th August 2016 @ 4.15pm, Kino Cinemas, Melbourne


Melbourne International Film Festival, The Devil’s Candy (dir. Sean Byrne, 2016)

Emma Westwood hosts a Q&A with the filmmaker at the end of the session

Wednesday 10th August 2016 @ 9pm, Hoyts Melbourne Central


Cinemaniacs’ presents The Fly (dir. David Cronenberg, 1986)

Introduction by Emma Westwood

Saturday 19th September 2015 @ 8pm, Backlot Studios, Melbourne

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