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Melbourne Cinema History Part 1: South Pacific

The Soylent GreenScreen Podcast

Release Date: 09/15/2014


In this episode the Soylent GreenScreen is joined by Michelle's dad, Bryan. Bryan was generous enough to be our special guest and share his memories of being raised by the manager of the Esquire theatre, Gil Whelan (1924 - 2014). Gil managed some of Melbourne's finest cinemas from the 1950s through to the 70s. Gil was there for a time that History seems to forgotten now that cinema has been subsumed by the multiplex. 

This conversation with Bryan stretched out to over 2 hours so we broke it into three parts. The first part is focused on South Pacific (1958), whilst we all agreed that this wasn't the best of the films in cinema history, it ran for three years at The Esquire on Bourke Street. Thus cementing its place in cinema history.

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