Kavisha Mazzella, Irini Vela, David De Santi and Mark Holder-Keeping

castlemaine-created2In 1924, the Italian film director Angelo Drovetti travelled from Genoa to Australia on a seven-week epic voyage with a movie camera in his hand. Dall’Italia All’Australia (From Italy to Australia) is regarded as the most comprehensive film ever made of a migrant voyage. This 60-minute black and white silent film showcases the panoramic views witnessed by Italian, Yugoslav, Greek, Arabic and Jewish migrants as they stood on the deck of the Regina d’Italia during their journey.

Melbourne journalist Tony de Bolfo discovered the film in the archives of the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana in Milan during research into his own family’s migration to Australia. Now, on the 90th anniversary of the Regina d’Italia’s maiden voyage to Australia, Dall’ Italia All’Australia will be screened.

Accompanying the film will be a live Italian folk band I Viaggiatori, comprising Kavisha Mazzella (voice, guitar, accordion), Irini Vela (bouzouki, mandolin, guitar), David De Santi (accordion) and Mark Holder-Keeping (saxophone, clarinet).

Join in this themed evening and dress to be part of a 1920s European ship voyage.


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