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The art of cinema Presented by CJ Johnson

Carmarthen, Wales. Photo: Helen Richards / Alamy

Carmarthen, Wales. Photo: Helen Richards / Alamy

You asked and we delivered! The art of cinema returns to the Art Gallery but this time as a monthly series, presented by the energetic and captivating CJ Johnson. Each month, CJ will take you on a cinematic journey, from Casablanca to Orson Welles, the art of musicals to the art of film noir. Book early to avoid disappointment: his last series sold out quickly.

CJ Johnson hosts the podcast Movieland. He is head of screen storytelling at Sydney Film School, president of the Film Critics Circle of Australia, film and TV critic for ABC Radio's Nightlife, lecturer in cinema history at The Queen's Club and Sydney Actors School, and a screenwriter, playwright and script editor.

The art of cinema Presented by CJ Johnson

Various Wednesdays

13 July – 9 November 2022


Domain Theatre

Art Gallery of NSW

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Per lecture

$40 non-member

$30 member

Series subscription

$190 non-member

$140 member

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878


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  • The art of film noir

    Film noir is more than shadows, trench coats and femmes fatales. So what is it exactly? How did it originate and develop, and what are its classic examples?

    Wednesday 24 August 2022 11am–12.30pm

  • Understanding 'Casablanca'

    It’s one of the most beloved films of all time; one of the most quoted, referenced, revived, rewatched, parodied and pinched from. But what is really going on in this staggeringly entertaining 1942 Warner Bros. classic? CJ offers an eye-opening deep read of a film you think you know.

    Wednesday 14 September 2022 11am–12.30pm

  • The cinema of Orson Welles

    Orson Welles has a claim to being the ultimate filmmaker as public figure, celebrity, star and auteur; his life was even more fabulous and dramatic than any of his unique films (including his masterpiece Citizen Kane). CJ offers an entertaining ride through an astonishing life and bumpy career.

    Wednesday 5 October 2022 11am–12.30pm

  • The French new wave

    What exactly constituted this major 1960s movement? Who drove it, what films did they make, and how - if at all - did it change cinema?

    Wednesday 9 November 2022 11am–12.30pm