Upcoming Events

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Past Events

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

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

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

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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.

For more information and to reserve tickets (FREE EVENT), visit Fangoria x Monster Fest.

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

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

Introduction to the double feature by Tristan Jones and Emma Westwood.
For more information and to book tickets, visit The Astor Theatre.

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

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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.
For more information and to book tickets, visit MWFF 2019.

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

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‘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).
For more information and to book tickets, visit Cinemaniacs.

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

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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).
For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.

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

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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. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.

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

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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.
For more information and to book tickets, visit the MQFF website.

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

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

Introduction by Emma Westwood, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Emma on bears in cinema.
For more information and to book tickets, visit Cinemaniacs.

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

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‘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.
For more information and to book tickets, visit Cinemaniacs.

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

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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. For more information and to book tickets, visit ACMI.

Watch a recording of the entire event here

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

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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. For more information and to book tickets, visit Cinema Nova.

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

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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.
For more information, visit http://miff.com.au/program/film/miff-talks-rrr-outside-broadcast

Listen to a podcast of the entire show here

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

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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
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/149898598859782/

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

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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’.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/149898598859782/

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

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

Introduction by Emma Westwood
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/149194398831734/

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

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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
For more information, visit https://miff.com.au/program/film/bad-girl

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

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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
For more information, visit http://miff.com.au/program/film/the-devils-candy

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

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

Introduction by Emma Westwood
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/739373472851317/

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