The NFSA is committed to providing access to Australia’s audiovisual cultural heritage and innovative learning experiences. NFSA Connects is a new program that provides students across Australia with unprecedented access to creative arts professionals to hear their stories and learn about their experiences. The project utilises video-conferencing and other digital networking equipment available to schools in both urban and regional areas to present Q&As with contemporary filmmakers and artists.
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Upcoming NFSA Connects events
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Previous NFSA Connects events
NFSA Connects with Gotye
Students from from high schools in Victoria, Queensland and NSW participated in a Q & A with music multi-instrumentalist Gotye. Gotye shared his composition and performance techniques and explored his response to the countless cover versions of 'Somebody that I Used to Know’ floating around the internet.
NFSA CEO and session facilitator, Michael Loebenstein, matched Gotye’s pace with insightful comments and questions that provided students with the scaffold to discover different aspects of Gotye’s work.
Ten Canoes with director Rolf de Heer and actor Frances Djulibing
Students in NSW engaged in a Q & A with the director Rolf de Heer and Frances Djulibing from Ramingining, who played the lead female role.
Ten Canoes allows us to glimpse the ancient world of the Yolngu through the story of a young warrior Dayindi (played by Jamie Gulpilil), who covets one of his older brothers’ wives. The story travels even further back to the Dreamtime and has a timeless quality that has made it an instant classic.
4 with producer Joanna Buggy and violinist Niki Vasilakis
Producer Joanna Buggy and highly-acclaimed solo violinist Niki Vasilakis, from Adelaide, discussed this documentary with high school students in South Australia.
4 is driven by Vivaldi’s masterpiece The Four Seasons and was filmed in four continents following a journey through the four seasons – the beautiful cherry blossoms of spring in Japan, a fierce Australian summer, the energy of a New York autumn, and the bitter cold and human warmth of winter in Finland. Four internationally-renowned violinists performed a movement each. Niki Vasilakis played the ‘Summer’ movement at a concert on a stormy, humid Thursday Island to an Indigenous and non-Indigenous audience.
In the Company of Actors with director and producer Ian Darling and actor Aden Young
Aden Young was one of the cast members of the Sydney Theatre Company production Hedda Gabler which was invited to perform in the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in 2006. Ian Darling directed and produced the insightful documentary, In the Company of Actors, which followed an ensemble of some of Australia’s finest actors, including Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, in their final weeks of rehearsal in Sydney through to opening night in New York.