Cinema Art Films Ltd was an early film distribution company that operated from 1927-1932. It played an important role in early Australian film history, exposing Australians to many international productions, in particular celebrated UFA productions like Metropolis (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927). We've acquired a selection of Australian designed posters for their releases, which you can see in our Cinema Art posters curated collection.
All the posters are lithographs and we collected them for their aesthetic value. Several were produced by the famous Richardson Studio and many of them feature Cinema Art’s logo: a blindfolded Lady Justice in front of a map of the world with Australia and New Zealand prominent. To modern eyes, the adoption of a blindfolded figurehead by a company that distributed silent films seems like a perplexing choice.
Not a lot is known about the Cinema Art company, but manager Leslie Keast appeared before the 1926-28 Royal Commission into the Moving Picture Industry in Australia. There he discussed several topics including why his company chose to distribute foreign films and his attitudes to censorship.