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Presented in partnership by RMIT Culture, the AFI Research Collection and RMIT Cinema Studies.

The Best Films You’ve Never Seen: The Devil’s Playground

The AFI Research Collection celebrates two decades of preserving and exploring Australian cinema at RMIT University.   

RMIT Culture is thrilled to present a screening of the iconic Australian film ‘The Devil’s Playground’ in its glorious original 35mm format, with an exclusive in-conversation with the legendary director Fred Schepisi himself.

Released in 1976, this film has left an indelible mark on the Australian film landscape. Set in a Catholic seminary in the 1950s, it explores themes of faith, desire, and the tumultuous journey to self-discovery. With compelling storytelling and powerful performances, this film is a timeless classic that continues to captivate audiences.

Before the screening, hear Fred Schepisi speak with RMIT academic Dr Stephen Gaunson as he shares rare insights into the creative process behind ‘The Devil’s Playground’ and hear stories from Fred’s remarkable career which spans five decades and includes iconic films such as ‘The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith’, ‘Roxanne’, and ‘Six Degrees of Separation’.

RMIT University is proud to have held the AFI Research Collection for the past 20 years, a unique trove of screen and cinematic heritage, join us for this very special event to celebrate this milestone.

Part of ‘The Best Films You’ve Never Seen’, presented by RMIT Culture, the AFI Research Collection and RMIT Cinema Studies.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

Hear more about Fred Schepisi’s first feature ‘The Devil’s Playground’ (1976), from Olympia Baron, Curatorial Officer, AFI Research Collection, RMIT Culture, here.