John Kelly


A born and bred North-Hobartian, John has loved and supported the State Cinema since he was a young boy. So much so he decided to buy it in 2002 from the Australian Film Institute, and has since transformed this former fledgling one-screen picture house into a vibrant eleven-screen art-house complex and Australia’s best independent cinema.

Utilising the latest digital technology and embarking on an ambitious building and restoration campaign, the historic State Cinema has been restored to its former glory days. Now patrons are spoilt with a regular smorgasbord of quality international, Australian and local films combined with festivals and community events. The expanded complex boasts a rooftop cinema and bar that operates over summer, a bookstore and also a new bar that specialises in quality Tasmanian wines, whisky and gin to further enhance the patron’s experience.

John has been involved in the MyState Student Film Festival for 14 years and played a key role in getting it off the ground and onto the big screen. With over 1300 films and nearly 9000 students taking part since that time, we are very grateful for John’s contribution.