Past Futures: The Handmaid’s Tale Past Event

Presented by The Capitol — RMIT University
Film still from The Handmaid's Tale. Two women sit down together talking, one dresses in blue the other dressed in red.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Interior of the geometric Theatre ceiling inside The Capitol.
The Capitol
Photo by John Gollings
Exterior shot of The Capitol featuring pedestrians, cyclists and trees in front of the building with sign lit up.
The Capitol
Photo by John Gollings

The new TV season is imminent, so it’s an excellent time for a vintage refresher of the original Schlöndorff film, made in 1990, long before Elizabeth Moss donned her red robe. Fans of the book and TV series will be familiar with the futuristic, theocratic and dystopian United States, where fertility has become alarmingly rare and women able to bear children are forced into sexual slavery. Starring the glorious Faye Dunaway, Natasha Richardson, Robert Duvall and Aidan Quinn, there is no past-future more prescient than Margaret Attwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.


This film screens in a double bill with On Guard (1984). Audiences are encouraged to stay for both films, but welcome to view only one or the other.

Early arrivals are invited to explore the exhibitions in the upstairs Salon, Lounge and Loft (first in best dressed for exhibition viewing prior to the film due to capacity limits).

This film is part of
The Capitol‘s Past Futures film program curated by Ghita Loebenstein and Michelle Carey.


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Concession $18 / Full $20 +BF


Sat 27 Mar 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Doors open: 4.00pm / ON GUARD screens: 5.00pm (51 minutes running time) / THE HANDMAID'S TALE screens: 6.30pm (109 minutes running time)
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