Scorsese at ACMI

An excellent exhibition on filmmaker Martin Scorsese is currently on at the ACMI in Melbourne, Australia.


The exhibition curated by Deutsche Kinmathek, Museum for Film and Television, Berlin, explores the work of American filmmaker Martin Scorsese, who has over 60 credits, including films such as Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), Hugo (2011), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).

After scanning your ticket visitors head downstairs to the basement exhibition space. The entrance is painted in blood red and Scorsese’s 1967 student film The Big Shave is looped on a big screen.

The exhibition, which features around 600 objects, begins around the Scorsese family with a replica of his parent’s New York City living room. The walls are lined with framed family photographs, which tell the story of Scorsese growing up in Little Italy, Manhattan.

There is a wide range of production materials displayed throughout the exhibition including correspondence, production stills, annotated film scripts, and storyboards.

Script from Taxi Driver (1976)

Script from Taxi Driver (1976)

There are also costumes and props on display including costumes from Hugo, The Aviator, and Gangs of New York designed by Academy Award winner Sandy Powell. This is the first time Powell’s costumes have been exhibited in Australia. And yes the boxing gloves and shorts from Raging Bull are there!

Costumes worn by Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow and Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator

Costumes worn by Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow and Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator (2004)

Costumes from Hugo

Costumes from Hugo (2011)

Shirt worn by Robert De Niro is New York, New York

Shirt worn by Robert De Niro in New York, New York (1977)


Boxing gloves and shorts from Raging Bull (1980)

Screens throughout the exhibition play clips from Scorsese’s work. A highlight is a four screen theatre displaying some of the thematic visuals found in his work.

There is a free audio guide narrated by Australian actress Rachel Griffiths, with commentary from Scorsese and his editor Thelma Schoonmaker, which can be accessed using ACMI’s free Wifi. So remember to bring your own device and headphones.

ACMI (Australian Centre for Moving Image) is located in Federation Square. The exhibition is open Saturday to Thursday 10am to 5pm and 10am to 9pm Friday. Tickets are $25. Concession is $18, ACMI members $17.

Exhibition is due to close on Sunday 18th September 2016.