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Tuesday 2 February, 2021
11am to 12pm
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (Ground floor)
Free, bookings essential

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About the presenter

From a family that never went to the cinema, and had resisted acquiring a radio, David Donaldson 'fell into film' while at Sydney University.

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From a family that never went to the cinema, and had resisted acquiring a radio, David Donaldson 'fell into film' while at Sydney University.

David Donaldson was a NSW country boy who in Arts at Sydney University was much influenced by HW Arndt and John Anderson. Enlightened by Roger Manvell's powerful Penguin, Film, he found himself inaugural director of Sydney Film Festival.
David came to South Australia at the opening of what became TAFE after work with Administrative College in Papua New Guinea.

He has held offices in the Australian Council of Film Societies (1953-60), Australian Film Institute (1958-1974) and National Film Theatre of Australia (1972), and was a foundation member of Media Resource Centre in Adelaide, South Australia. Of all film directors, he admires John Ford, Leni Riefenstahl, John Heyer and Cecil Holmes. While having engaged with digital, he appreciates more the visual qualities of celluloid film.

His current interest is Peerless Films whose studio was at Beaumont.

A Friends of the State Library event

David Donaldson


To keep our staff and customers safe we will continue to follow the physical distancing, building capacity limits and increased hygiene practises outlined by the State Government in their roadmap to recovery. When entering the library please make sure you sanitise your hands at the sanitiser stations provided. Bookings are essential.

How do I get to the State Library by public transport?

The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.

You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.

Is there car parking near the State Library?

The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.

There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.

Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?

Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Chamber is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.

How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?

You can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays.  The upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

Yes, the State Library Cafe by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.

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A Tuesday talk

Come and hear about the reading journeys of well known South Australians as part of this monthly series.

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