Events at Mitchell Theatre

Queen Mary

Chris Frame — Southampton and the Queens

Cunard and ocean liner expert Chris Frame reveals the story of Southampton and the Queens — the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.
The Apartment

Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960)

Directed by Billy Wilder, The Apartment follows an insurance clerk (Jack Lemmon) who allows his superiors to use his apartment as a place to conduct their extramarital affairs. Also stars Shirley MacClaine and Fred McMurray.
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Walter Mason — King Kong’s Daddy: The life and times of Edgar Wallace

Walter Mason celebrates the life and writing of pulp crime writer extraordinaire Edgar Wallace who also wrote the screenplay for 1933's King Kong.
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Lunar New Year Traditions and Memories (CAHS)

Apart from Chinese, the Lunar New Year is celebrated by many other Asian communities. CAHS hosts a panel of speakers from Vietnam, Korea, and Malaysia to talk about the Lunar New Year traditions and customs celebrated by their families and communities, and their memories.
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🎄 Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Geoff Usher 🎄

Join Geoff Usher for a special reading of Dickens' classic Christmas tale., A Christmas Carol.
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Tony Jones — In Darkness Visible

Tony Jones, one of Australia's most admired journalists, talks about his latest intriguing thriller In Darkness Visible.
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Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Stars Jimmy Stewart as a businessman who is contemplating suicide until his guardian angel shows him what the world would have been like without him in it.
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Dr Tim Heard — Australia's Native Bees

Dr Tim Heard reveals the beauty and diversity of Australia’s native bees including their social life, their role in the environment and what you can do to help them.
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‘Jane and D’Arcy-Folly is not always Folly’ (City of Sydney Historical Association - COSHA)

Did Jane Austen (1775-1817) have an Australian connection? In ‘Jane & D’Arcy’, Australian author Wal Walker makes this groundbreaking claim.
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Convict Colony — David Hill in conv. w/ Emily Booker

In conversation with Emily Booker, best-selling historian David Hill will discuss his new book, Convict Colony, which covers first three decades of Britain's earliest colony in Australia in a fresh and compelling way.
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White Tears Brown Scars — Ruby Hamad in conv. w/ Winnie Dunne & Willurai Kirkbright

What happens when racism and sexism collide? Ruby Hamad provides some confronting answers.White tears have a potency that silences racial…
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Gone to a Good Home (Documentary Screening)

Gone to a Good Home exposes how Australian authorities pressured many unmarried mothers from the 1950s to the 1970s to give up their babies for adoption.

Tibor Molnar — What Scientists & Philosophers Need to Talk About...

Following on from his lecture, Scientists & Philosophers... Need to Talk! earlier in 2019, Tibor Molnar presents Part 2 of the series, exploring some of the issues Scientists and Philosophers need to chat about.
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The Holtermann Collection (City of Sydney Historical Association - COSHA)

Patrick Dodd from the Mitchell Library reveals the fascinating story behind the Holtermann Collection and show us some of the fascinating images from that time.
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Mackendrick's Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Susan Harrison, Sweet Smell of Success (1957) is a tale of corruption rumoured to be based on the real life Walter Winchell, a slanderous and libellous gossip columnist with mob connections
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Special General Meeting of Members


From Chop Suey to Chinoiserie Chic (Chinese Heritage Association of Australia - CHAA)

Dr Kathie Blunt takes us on a memorable tour of discovery of Chinese influence across the Australian cultural landscape from the colonial era to the present.
Journalist and speechwriter Michael Bodet explores the rich history two idiosyncratic suburbs that evolved from once scrubby grasslands to become multicultural enclaves, exploring the personal stories, oddities and peccadilloes of the Redfern and Surry Hills

Michael Bodey — 50 Secrets of Surry Hills & Redfern [SPEAKER CONNECT 2019]

50 Secrets of Surry Hills & Redfern explores the rich history of two idiosyncratic suburbs that evolved from once scrubby grasslands to become multicultural enclaves, along with the personal stories, oddities and peccadilloes that make them so vibrant.