Upcoming Events

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


Past Events

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

Introduction by Emma Westwood.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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

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’.

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

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

Introduction by Emma Westwood

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

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

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

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

Introduction by Emma Westwood

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