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
Tickets: $15 | Members: $12
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.

Please note: due to an unforeseen rights dispute, we have unfortunately had to cancel the following screenings advertised in our quarterly brochure: The Thin Man 1934 (8 July + 18 August 2018), After the Thin Man 1936 (8 July 2018), and Murder on the Blackboard 1934 (15 July 2018). We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment these cancellations may cause. Please check the program listing below for an updated schedule.


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.