Castaway with David McAllister AM

One of Australia’s most acclaimed dancers and artistic visionaries, David McAllister AM, will reveal his inner cinefile when Desert Island Flicks returns to ACMI in February 2013.

Art Exhibition previously on at ACMI - Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Flinders Lane precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 14 February 2013 to Thursday 14 February 2013

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The Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet will discuss five of his top films, what they mean to him and how they have influenced his exceptional artistic career in the international world of professional dance.

Accepted into the Australian Ballet School in 1981, the same year as Steven Heathcote and Paul Mercurio, McAllister debuted with company in 1983 and by 1989 was a Principal Artist performing lead roles in ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Don Quixote, La Fille mal gardée, La Sylphide, Manon, Onegin and Romeo and Juliet. An illustrious performance career saw him dance the world’s best ballet companies, from the United Kingdom to Canada, Singapore to Russia, where he made numerous appearances as a guest artist of the revered Bolshoi Ballet among others.

Making the move from Principal Artist to Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet in 2001, McAllister is now one of the country’s longest serving leaders of a major arts company and in 2012 saw the Australian Ballet through its 50th anniversary celebrations. McAllister was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Australia Day Honours List.

ACMI’s Desert Island Flicks program provides audiences with an incredible diversity of fascinating celebrity ‘castaways’ who reveal the personal stories behind their top five flicks – the films they’d pack if banished to a desert island. Through a mix of visual material and moderated discussion, audiences gain a rare and often intimate and personal insight into their lives.

Castaway with David McAllister is a unique opportunity to discover the cinematic influences and inspirations of one of the country’s greatest living artists and artistic visionaries. For more information and to book visit

Date: Thursday 14 February 2013
Time: 7.00pm
Tickets: Full $15, Concession $12, ACMI Member $11
Book: Tickets from, via phone 03 8663 2583 or in person
Venue: Studio 1, ACMI, Federation Square