Wootton Talks Tinseltown Trailblazers: MARLON BRANDO: Bad Boy & Activist

Wootton Talks Tinseltown Trailblazers: MARLON BRANDO: Bad Boy & Activist

120 mins
Tue 7 Aug 5:15 PM
Roadshow Theatrette
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access

General Admission

Acclaimed, influential and controversial, Marlon Brando (1924–2004) broke through with his Oscar-nominated role in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). This was followed by his cultural icon character of Johnny Strabler in The Wild One (1953) and Oscar-winning turn in On the Waterfront (1954) before he acquired a reputation for difficulty – notably with Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) – that contributed to a fallow 1960s.

Brando rebounded with his controversial Oscar-nominated performance for Last Tango in Paris (1972) and Oscar-winning role in The Godfather (1972), as well as high-paying roles in Superman (1978) and Apocalypse Now (1979). He withdrew from acting in the 1980s only to make a number of ill-fated returns in the 1990s, including the troubled Australian production of Island of Dr Moreau (1996).

Wootton describes Brando’s long and complex career, his troubled, often tragic, personal life (which includes obesity and 11 children) and his political activism, which included campaigning with the American civil rights movement and, later, against Apartheid; agitating for fair housing and against discrimination; and, most famously, refusing his Godfather Oscar over poor treatment of America’s first peoples.

Roadshow Theatrette

Entry via LaTrobe St, State Library Victoria
328 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

The Village Roadshow Theatrette is a state-of-the-art, fully appointed fixed-seat theatrette.

Box Office

There is no Box Office at this venue, please pre-book your tickets.

Public Transport

Melbourne Central Train Station is located within Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, directly opposite the State Library on Swanston Street.
Tram stops are located outside the Library on both Swanston and La Trobe Streets.

Go to ptv.vic.gov.au for public transport information.

Physical Access

The Village Roadshow Theatrette is accessible to wheelchair users from entry 3 on La Trobe Street, past Mr Tulk.

To arrange a courtesy wheelchair to use within the Library, ask one of the security staff in the Library foyer. (Staff aren't available to push wheelchairs.)

Map of The State Library


Wheelchair Accessible Seating

There are four wheelchair spaces.


Accessible Toilet

There are separate male and female toilets for people with a disability:

  • behind the Keith Murdoch Gallery
  • in the locker area
  • beside the lifts at the rear of the Information Centre
  • next to the Journals & Magazines room on level 2a.


There are designated on-street Disabled Parking Bays available at the following locations:

Latrobe Street

Between Queen and Elizabeth

1 space, 2 hours


Between Swanston and Russell

3 spaces, 2 hours

Little Lonsdale Street   

Between Spencer and King

1 space, 4 hours


Between Queen and Elizabeth

1 space, 2 hours


Between Swanston and Russell    

2 spaces, 2 hours                

Swanston Street

Between Latrobe and Franklin

2 spaces, 2 hours

 There are three car parks for drivers with disability parking permits outside Mr Tulk. These parks have a two-hour limit.