The Mess Hall & The ACMI

By Sunday morning my long weekend had already exhausted me.  I’d gone for drinks and Chinese food with a couple of folk from work on Friday evening (turned out to be the worst Chinese ever, but that’s another blog for another day!), walked along Point Nepean and back and rushed myself to dinner on Chapel Street for an old University friend’s birthday on Saturday.  Nevertheless on Sunday morning I got myself up and went into the city to meet Jess, Phil and co for breakfast.  I last saw Jess and Phil when we had dinner at Pho Chu The.  This time we all met at The Mess Hall on Bourke Street – not to be confused with the one in Brunswick.

I’ve had breakfast here a few times after being tipped off about it by Mick’s sister.  The menu is concise and simple, the food available is done to a good, high standard and is typically ‘Melbourne’ which I like – come here for corn fritters. The coffee here is excellent too, that’s hardly a surprise though, this is Melbourne.

Jess had a cappucino and I had my usual flat white with soy milk
I went for sourdough bread, avocado, poached eggs and bacon.  I cleared the plate completely, looking at these photos again is making me very, very hungry.


A thing of beauty

We ate well and chatted, I got some ideas from Aussie T for my homecoming Christmas hamper idea (it’s going to be Australian themed) and speculated on plans for the winter.  After letting our food settle we paid the bill and left.  Phil and T were off to see a friend, so Jess, M and I decided to head to the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) at Fed Square.  There is a great exhibition on there at the moment called Screen Worlds, it’s free and is about the development and growth of film, television and digital culture in Australia and across the globe.

If you’re in Melbourne any time from now until August I really recommend going, the regular exhibitions here are also really good.  Cue another photofest:


These images are taken in the Aboriginal art section of the gallery.  I love the brightness and colour of Aboriginal art.  To me it seems to reflect the Australian landscape perfectly.







I think this portrait is absolutely fantastic

We explored the other exhibitions on show for about an hour before heading to Screen Worlds.  It is like walking into an exciting digital, interactive cave, I felt like a child.  There is a huge variety of media on display here, it’s historical, educational, entertaining and exciting all at once.

MEMES!  There was also a section relating to blogging and social media.
Even Lara Croft was there
Various retro games are available to play
There are a number of sections featuring trivia and info on classic films, both well known and unknown – here they were showing clips from Jaws and Taxi Driver
Projection trickery – this image moves as you move
Clips from old horror movies, really got me in the mood for popcorn and scares!
There was also a lot on Aboriginal film, documentaries and actors – see David Gulpilil below
Film memorabillia all related to Cate Blanchett – including her Elfin ears to the bottom right
One of Cate’s costume from the film Elizabeth
One of Nicole Kidman’s costumes from The Moulin Rouge
I was thoroughly impressed with the exhibition and would love to see the Hollywood Costume one at some point too.  You have to pay for the costume one, so if you’re looking for free stuff this other one is totally ideal!

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