Explore the world of one of the most influential directors of our time at ACMI.
From Taxi Driver and Goodfellas to The Age of Innocence and The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s intense and exhilarating films define him as one of the world’s greatest directors.
Whether it’s wolves, bulls, butchers or taxi drivers, Scorsese’s complicated anti-heroes navigate mean streets of their own morality, torn between rebellion and acceptance, sin and redemption. While his characters spiral out of control, Scorsese captures every frame with masterly control.
SCORSESE, drawn from his personal collection, explores his inspirations, creative process and key collaborations, offering comprehensive insight into Scorsese’s career as an unparalleled screen stylist and a tireless champion of cinema.
Growing up in New York’s Little Italy and suffering from acute asthma, Scorsese’s childhood was spent looking down at the world from his window and up at the screen in his local cinema. While determined to make movies that honoured the Hollywood and European traditions he loved, his films inevitably reflect his own experience.
Featuring over 600 objects and a rich selection of footage from across the director’s work in film, documentary and television, SCORSESE invites fans, cinephiles and culture buffs on a ride through the incredible career of one of modern cinema’s great icons.
Sandy Powell: Masterclass in Costume Design | Thursday 4 August | 6pm | Ticketed
ACMI and MIFF present multi-Academy Award® and BAFTA winning costume designer, Sandy Powell OBE, in a special night of conversation, hosted by Associate Professor Jessica Bugg of the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT. The long-time Scorsese collaborator has designed for six Scorsese-directed films, notably taking home the 2005 Oscar® for Best Achievement in Costume Design for the acclaimed Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. SCORSESE features costumes loaned by Powell exclusively for the exhibition’s Melbourne season, including dresses worn by Cate Blanchett and Gwen Stefani in The Aviator; Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York; and three costumes from Hugo.
Scorsese Quiz Night | Friday 19 August | 6pm | Free
Are you the sharpest Scorsese fan on the Mean Streets? Have all the facts on raging bulls and Wall Street wolves? Join us for a fun evening of laughs, music, drinks, prizes and of course trivia, as we test your knowledge on all things Scorsese. Hosted by Jess McGuire and Paul Verhoeven.
An Italian Voyage through Melbourne | Sunday 21 August | 12.30pm | Free
Join us for an afternoon of great Italian food, music and film, with entertaining pop-up talks by renowned Italian-Australian personalities, and a special screening of My Voyage to Italy (Il Mio Viaggio In Italia) as we journey through Melbourne’s rich Italian history. Make a lunch date in the Lightwell and explore the multifaceted story of our city’s Italian heritage and history over a specially designed menu of food from the ACMI Cafe and Bar. Hosted by SBS Italian’s Magica Fossati and featuring chef and restaurateur Stefano de Pieri, former director of the Italian Historical Society Laura Mecca, local writer and editor Lisa Marie Corso, and music by eclectic multi-instrumentalist, composer and orchestra conductor Mirko Guerini. Presented in Partnership with SBS Radio. Food and beverage packages can be purchased on the day.
My Voyage to Italy (Il Mio Viaggio In Italia) | Sunday 21 August | 2pm | Ticketed
In Martin Scorsese’s documentary My Voyage to Italy (Il Mio Viaggio In Italia), the celebrated director shares his insights into Italian filmmaking as he hosts a personal journey through Italian cinema, profiling the countries most acclaimed directors including Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. This 246min long film is an epic love letter to Italian cinema. This screening will follow on from the special event, An Italian Voyage through Melbourne.
An Introduction to Scorsese | Selected dates until Tuesday 23 August | Free with exhibition ticket
An intimate introduction to the acclaimed SCORSESE exhibition and a unique look at the man behind the camera, in this series of free talks.Hear ACMI experts introduce you to Scorsese’s expansive career and examine the iconic content on show in the gallery, uncovering the range of influences that have helped shape the master.
See the ACMI website for more details on Scorsese film screenings.
Martin Scorsese with his parents Charles and Catherine Scorsese
ITALIANAMERICAN, USA 1974
Source: Sikelia Productions, New York