Past event

Film screening: Mr Smith Goes to Washington

12 September 2023. 5.30pm–9.00pm AEST

HOYTS Broadway, Bay Street, Broadway NSW 2007


The United States Studies Centre hosted a special screening of Mr Smith Goes to Washington.

Decades before the “deep state” entered the parlance, Mr Smith Goes to Washington explores how a corrupt political machine falsifies evidence to expel the idealistic Boy Rangers leader who was appointed to the Senate.

Culminating in the heroic filibuster scene, Senator Smith (in the role that catapulted Jimmy Stewart to fame), holds the floor of the Senate while his supporters rally to prove his innocence.

From special appointments to legislative proceedings, the 1939 film was one of the first films preserved by the Library of Congress because it was considered so “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, it only won one as it faced-off against Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz and Goodbye, Mr Chips.

Following the film, USSC CEO Dr Michael Green and Senior Lecturer in American Studies Rodney Taveira discussed the film's themes with the audience.

Dr Michael Jonathan Green, chief executive officer at the United States Studies Centre

Dr Michael J. Green

Chief Executive OfficerUnited States Studies Centre

US domestic policy
Australia-US relations
US-Asia relations
US politics and elections
US foreign policy, defence and strategy
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Rodney Taveira, a Senior Lecturer in American Studies, and Undergraduate, Honours, and Postgraduate Coordinator at the United States Studies Centre

Dr Rodney Taveira

Academic Director, Senior Lecturer in American Studies, and Honours, Internships and Postgraduate CoordinatorUnited States Studies Centre

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Gender, race and religion
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