Live Music & Film: Film Noir

02 Apr 2017 – 23 Apr 2017 | GOMA | Cinema A

The Australian Cinémathèque presents two silent masterpieces with live musical accompaniment as part of the Film Noir program (31 March - 21 May 2017).

Joseph von Sternberg's thrilling Underworld 1927 is a forceful prototype for the American gangster film genre. The film will feature accompaniment from David Bailey on the Gallery's 1929 Wurlitzer organ.

Tickets for Underworld can be purchased through qtix or at the GOMA box office from one hour prior to performance.

Brisbane post-rock instrumental group hazards of swimming naked will provide a new live score for F.W. Murnau's beloved The Last Laugh 1924, an emotionally powerful treasure of Weimar cinema.

Tickets for The Last Laugh can be purchased through qtix or at the GOMA box office from one hour prior to performance.


Adult: $16
Student/Concession/Child: $14*
Member: $13†

*Valid pensioner, seniors or FT student card required. Child (5–12 years. Under 5 free)
†Valid QAGOMA Member or Foundation Card required

David Bailey

David Bailey developed a deep fascination with early 20th Century music at a young age which led to studies in piano and in particular the world of ragtime. As a teenager Bailey stumbled on the world of the cinema organ and was captivated by the rare and vast tonal and dynamic abilities of these instruments. A transition to organ studies followed and a deep passion grew for the music of the 20's and 30's and in turn their relationship to the world of silent cinema. Today Bailey is immersed in this musical world and personalities such as Sophie Tucker, Billie Holiday and Stephane Grappelli as well as theatre organists Sidney Torch and George Wright.

Bailey continues to perform in concert for many organ societies in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and New Zealand. Since the installation of the rare Wurlitzer style 260 organ in the Australian Cinémathèque in 2006 (originally housed in Brisbane's Regent Theatre) he has composed and performed new film scores for many of the silent cinema programs held at the Gallery of Modern Art.

hazards of swimming naked

hazards of swimming naked are a Brisbane based 5 piece instrumental band originating from Queensland's tropical far north. The humidity and vibrancy of that region permeates their music and culminates in a sound which shares all the cinematic grandeur of artists such as Mogwai, godspeed you black emperor and Mono.