SAM Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run programme for screening films on a weekly basis. The screening series are free, independently run by students, and are supported by the School of the Arts & Media, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), and are held in Cinema 327, Robert Webster Building, Kensington campus.
The curatorial concept behind the series is to provide the chance for film and culture enthusiasts to come together and watch films for review/criticism purposes with an emphasis on arthouse and indie films yet also films that were overlooked or underrated at the time of their release but deserve a chance of being watched again and appreciated.
The programme is set up to cover a variety of genres, national cinemas, movements and eras, and is structured to include well-known arthouse features and cult films, but also lesser-known independent films and films that are relatively unknown or overlooked despite the fact that they were made by established, critically-acclaimed directors.
In addition, we are open to the idea of holding special screening events on certain occasions; e.g., screening several films of a director who has recently attracted critical acclaim, or holding a special programme as a tribute to a director who has recently passed away in order to show his/her legacy and significance for the film history, or a structured programme of screening films that are often associated with a movement.
Also, students are strongly encouraged to volunteer to introduce lesser-known or widely-forgotten films they believe to be worth the introduction and screening. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the administrators of the page, should you be interested to contribute.
Keyvan Tavanaye Manafi