The Great Detective

06 Jul 2018 – 2 Sep 2018 | GOMA | Cinema A

More than a century after Sherlock Holmes first uttered the iconic phrase 'the game is afoot' to his trusted companion Dr John Watson, the detective genre remains popular across all media. A spin on the crime, suspense and thriller genres, detective stories pivot around a brilliant central character called in to solve the intriguing mystery. Curious by nature, the great detective calls on deductive reasoning and tenacity to reveal the truth.

This program brings together a selection of films from the silent era to the present day, celebrating detectives on screen, from the professional to the amateur. Adaptations of literary classics of the genre — featuring characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot — sit alongside a wider selection of whodunits, clever courtroom reveals, Hitchcockian suspense-thrillers, and gritty procedural dramas.

11.00am 7 July & 11.00am 22 July 2018
Experience two classics of silent detective cinema – Sherlock Holmes 1916 (11.00am 7 July) and Sherlock Jr. 1924 (11.00am 22 July) – with live accompaniment on the Gallery's 1929 Wurlitzer organ, with new scores by David Bailey, as part of the 'The Great Detective' cinema program.


Adult: $10.00
Student/Concession/Child: $8.00*
Member: $7.00†
Tickets available online and from the GOMA Cinémathèque Box Office from one hour prior to screenings.

5 tickets to one film or 1 ticket to 5 different films
Adult: $40 | Concession: $32* | Member: $28†
Available to purchase at the GOMA Cinémathèque Box Office from one hour prior to screenings

*Valid pensioner, seniors or FT student card required. Child (5–12 years. Under 5 free)
†Valid QAGOMA Member or Foundation Card required
QAGOMA acknowledges the generous assistance of the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra; the UCLA Film and Television Archive, Los Angeles; and the British Film Institute, London in providing materials for this program. Program curated by Amanda Slack-Smith, Australian Cinémathèque.