Melbourne Masterclass: Turning Points in Cinema to Die For


Melbourne Masterclass: Turning Points in Cinema to Die For

The Faculty of Arts regrets to announce that this program has been cancelled. Please be in touch should you have any questions at all about this change:

Session One: 42nd Street, Lloyd Bacon,1933, presented by Professor Barbara Creed

The Turning Points in Cinema to Die For series illustrates the profound and enduring impact of cinema on the lives of six Melbourne scholars, critics and artists. Each of our speakers has chosen a beloved film that represents a turning point in their professional and personal experience, and inspired a new understanding of the world and their place in it.

Choreographed by Busby Berkeley, master of the musical, 42nd Street has long been regarded as a cinematic classic. Set during the Great Depression, it offers both crowd-pleasing entertainment and a wonderful example of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in relation to sexual selection. In 1998 the Library of Congress selected 42nd Street as being 'culturally, historically or aesthetically significant' and recommended it for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. The American Film Institute ranked it 13th on its list of best musicals ever.

Professor Barbara Creed is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of six books in feminist film theory, gender and media.

Turning Points in Cinema to Die For is hosted by Dr Mark Nicholls, Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies at The University of Melbourne.

All films featured in the series have a history of significant audience and critical appeal. Above all, the films have distinguished themselves for their ability to reach out to and influence creative and performing artists and audiences well beyond the realms of the movie business. Studied together, they make up a new and refreshingly eclectic set of films to add to your essential viewing list. Join us in the discussion with our experts as they reveal why these are not only films to see before you die, but films to die for.

Individual session: $55* / $65
Series Pass: $300* / $350
*University of Melbourne alumni, staff and students


  • Professor Brabara Creed
    Professor Brabara Creed, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor