Annette Kellerman Double Feature

17 January
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$10/$8 (double feature)

Double feature

3:00pm: The Original Mermaid: 2002 | PG | 52mins | Australia | D: Michael Cordell and Ana Kokkinos

Documentary of the life of Aussie swimming legend turned Hollywood mermaid, Annette Kellerman.


4:00pm: Million Dollar Mermaid: 1952 | PG | 115mins | USA | D: Mervyn LeRoy

Esther Williams stars in the classic MGM biopic of Aussie star Annette Kellerman.

Million Dollar Mermaid was the 1952 blockbuster that cemented swimmer and aqua-musical star Esther Williams as a Hollywood luminary. In a particularly captivating scene, one of the most mesmerising of her career, the brunette beauty slides into a turquoise pool amid billowing plumes of yellow and red smoke before being hoisted above a kaleidoscopic formation of synchronised swimmers.’ - Brooke Mazurek, Vanity Fair


See more events in Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits program.

Australian actress Annette Kellerman appears in the scrapbooks of Vera James (c.1917-19) which feature in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018. Kellerman was already a big Hollywood star and the young Vera James would go on to a career in Australian film in the 1920s.