The Celluloid Domain: a documentary screening
80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010, Australia
23rd November 2017
The Celluloid Domain: A documentary tribute to the late Robert Herbert, one of the last true projectionists of Australia Screening at The Golden Age Cinema at Surry Hills. The Celluloid Domain is the brainchild of Sydney based Zimbabwean-Australian filmmaker, Paul Matereke. A year in the making, the film centres around the Art Gallery of New South Wales' uniquely all-35 millimetre film program and its exceptionally talented curator, Robert Herbert. As a budding young artist, Paul explores Robert's 20+ year career in the film industry and uses the knowledge gained to inform his own ambitions. The film includes intimate interviews with Sydney locals and cinephiles, and showcases the immensely interesting world of Celluloid film. Robert handles these films; which he considers an art form like any other, with the utmost care and respect. Much like the largely forgotten world of film projection, Robert represents a rare breed of people. His commitment to preserving the art of cinema proves to be an inspiration to the younger generation of filmmakers, and highlights the significance of remembering and maintaining the treasures of the past.