Scorsese, ACMI Australian Centre for Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne

Martin Scorsese is one of cinema’s most influential directors ever and an exhibition exploring to his life and career has opened at ACMI for an exclusive Australian season from Die Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin.

Scorsese, ACMI Australian Centre for Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne

The exhibition starts chronologically with information about his childhood in Little Italy, New York and early training at New York University’s Film School before dividing into themes. You can discover more about topics such as cinematography, his relationship to New York, his key collaborations and musical influences.

Scorsese, ACMI Australian Centre for Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne

The exhibition is mostly drawn from Scorsese’s personal collection and isn’t particularly hands-on or interactive. As you’d expect there is lots of video and film footage, with excerpts from his work and interviews. There are also many artefacts such as photographs and correspondence and large plaques explain each of the exhibition themes.

Scorsese, ACMI Australian Centre for Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne

If you look at the majority of the items in detail it will take approx 1.5-2 hours to complete the exhibition. I highly recommend downloading the free audio guide over ACMI’s free wifi so remember to bring along your own device and headphones (you can purchase headphones for $10 at the ACMI pop up shop inside the exhibition).

Scorsese, ACMI Australian Centre for Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne

Scorsese is a must-do for cinephiles and even those who have just a passing interest in Scorsese’s films. His catalogue of work is so extensive, so iconic and so embedded in popular culture, that you’ll be sure to discover something new about his life and his films. Note that Scorsese’s films, and thus the exhibition, often deal with mature themes and violence, so I don’t recommend it for children.

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive program of talks, workshops and screenings at ACMI. I also like the exhibition Tshirt!


Scorsese, ACMI Australian Centre for Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne

Thu 26 May – Sun 18 Sep 2016

Sat – Thurs 10am – 5pm

Fri 10am – 9pm

FULL $25 CONCESSION $18 MEMBER $17