NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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Alice: Mother of Cinema

Mark Bolotin, Shiyan Zheng and Michele Gould

Directed by
Mark Bolotin

07 Jun – 15 Jun 2024

About the show

Alice Guy-Blaché was the mother of cinema. She was the first person to make a narrative film, and one of the first to use synchronised sound, close-ups, colour and so much more. For 10 years she was the only female filmmaker in the world, creating almost 1000 films and running her own film studio. Yet her ground-breaking role has been forgotten or systematically erased.

This specially commissioned new work by Mark Bolotin, Shiyan Zheng and Michele Gould combines immersive cinema and multimedia theatre and is based on Mark Bolotin's ongoing 'Etc: Experiments in Theatre and Cinema’ project, supported by NIDA X.

A co-production with the National Theatre of Parramatta.