Citizen Trump: Classical Hollywood in the age of the showbiz president



14 September 2017


Chauvel Cinema 2, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW


Public event


Ticket includes the film, discussion and refreshments. $30 General Admission / $20 Concession*

The United States Studies Centre held a special screening of Orson Welles' 1941 classic, Citizen Kane, at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington.

Visiting Fellow Stephen Loosley AM (whose expertise combines presidential politics and Hollywood history) hosted an audience discussion following the film, addressing its political themes and the rise of the showbiz president, Donald Trump.

Nominated for nine Academy Awards, Citizen Kane examines the life and legacy of Charles Foster Kane, played by Welles, a character based in part upon the American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.


  • Stephen Loosley, AM
    Stephen Loosley, AM
    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

    Stephen Loosley served in the Australian Parliament during the Hawke and Keating Governments where he chaired both the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and the Senate Regulations Committee.