How I Melbourne: Katrina Sedgwick

Published on 2 May 2021

Photo: ACMI director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick

Savour the splendours of the inner north, the wonders of the inner city, and a vision of Guy Pearce drinking pints at The Napier with ACMI's director and CEO.

Katrina Sedgwick has been director and CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image since 2015. She has overseen an epic five-year, $40-million reboot of the institution that has included an overhaul of its food and drink offer, led by Karen Martini. 

Sedgwick has a particular interest in supporting cross-disciplinary practice and has an extensive background as a commissioner, creative producer and festival director, her previous roles having includes Head of Arts for ABC TV as well as founding director and CEO of Adelaide Film Festival. She is on a number of arts and advisory boards, and in 2020 was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to performing arts, screen industries and visual arts administration.

In the mornings you’ll find me wandering around the Nicholson Street shops, the North Carlton shops (between Station and Park) has everything you could want – Maria's Coffee House and Deli for great Continental/Italian goods and a terrific bottle shop, North Carlton Quality Meats is the oldest butcher in Melbourne, Natural Tucker Bakery for delicious sourdough, Babajan café, and The Fishmonger’s Son sells a good range of fresh fish and seafood.

My defining food moment in Melbourne was being taken to the Hutong Dumpling House – incredible food, in a fabulous laneway, in a glamorous city.

The city’s defining food moment on screen, meanwhile, was Guy Pearce drinking pints in the front bar of the Napier Hotel in Jack Irish!

I know I’m in Melbourne when I have a glass of wine at The Supper Club or the European.

The best new thing I’ve found is Hero, our brand-new restaurant at ACMI in partnership with Hospitality M and the amazing Karen Martini. The food, atmosphere, drinks – all so good – and it’s perfect to combine with a visit to the brand-new ACMI.

When I want to dazzle friends from out of town I like to take them to see the incredible cultural institutions we have here – NGV, ACCA, Melbourne Museum, the State Library – and of course ACMI. It’s no wonder that each of these institutions are the most visited of their kind of the country.

My go-to spot in regional Victoria is Kyneton – The Royal George front bar is wonderful for an early evening cocktail and snack – this splendid pub also houses Kabinett, which is full of fantastic objects and furniture, and Botanik for plants and house-made botanicals

There’s no better value in Melbourne than Sydney Road, Brunswick. It’s my favourite place to stock up on supplies – it’s so culturally diverse, and you can get fantastic supplies in all of the stores there. A1 Bakery is amazing, and I love La Manna and the Super IGA.

The one thing I hope never changes in Melbourneis the nooks and crannies in the lanes and laneways where you discover such wonderful restaurants and bars, and having so many residents and international students living in the centre of our city. It makes Melbourne utterly unique in Australia and so vibrant. It’s been incredibly tough for these small and large businesses and for our universities and their students through COVID and I hope we can support them to make it through. It’s so much a part of the DNA of our city and so enriching for our communities.

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