Step into the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to discover unseen treasures from Australian cinema and find out how our homegrown talent have redefined big-screen spectacle and found success on their own terms.
Australians & Hollywood is a Canberra-exclusive exhibition celebrating iconic moments in contemporary Australian film and the people and stories that brought them to life.
This blockbuster exhibition by the NFSA features beloved cinema moments, rare behind-the-scenes footage and costumes and props from the NFSA collection on display for the first time.
Book your tickets in advance online to get up close with personal treasures from some of Australia’s most celebrated creatives in cinema, including Eric Bana, Paul Hogan, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, David Michôd, George Miller, Norma Moriceau, Mia Wasikowska, and more.
Discover the creativity and craft that goes into making a classic. Highlights include the customised steering wheels from Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015), spectacular costumes from Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001) and The Sapphires (Wayne Blair, 2012) plus Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin’s art concept books for Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann, 1996) and the clapperboard from the 2021 sci-fi epic, Dune (Denis Villeneuve 2021).
Bring your smartphone to access Spotlight, our free digital exhibition companion experience. With Spotlight you can discover and collect bonus exhibition content to take home and explore.
The Australians & Hollywood exhibition is made possible with the support of Major Partner, Visit Canberra and Supporting Partners, Accor, Australian Film Television and Radio School and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
Australians & Hollywood will be open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm and until 8.00pm on Friday nights.
Main image: Cate Blanchett photography by Mark Rogers
Please book online to secure your preferred timeslot. Please arrive within 30 minutes of your allocated time and note we cannot accept cash onsite.
Group booking discount $11 per person for groups of 10+. For group bookings over 20, email tickets [at] nfsa.gov.au or call 02 6248 2053.
NFSA Presents: Inspired
NFSA Presents: Inspired is a collection of conversations that dive into the creativity, the inspiration and the success of Australian cinematic talent. Hosted by film journalist Jenny Cooney, the video series complements Australians & Hollywood. You can watch conversations with Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, Angourie Rice, George Miller, Mia Wasikowska, Chris Pang, Damon Herriman and more. Watch the NFSA Presents: Inspired video with Nicole Kidman, below:
International Museum Day: Pay What You Can + extended opening hours – Wednesday 18 May, 10am to 8pm. Book tickets
Stay tuned for more events coming soon!
Past exhibition events:
- Mother's Day – Little Women (1994) + Australians & Hollywood: 8 May
- School Holiday Program, The Creations of Animal Logic: 13 to 22 April – Peter Rabbit, The Lego Movie, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Happy Feet, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
- Rachel Griffiths retrospective: 1 to 2 April – Amy, My Best Friend's Wedding and Muriel's Wedding in 35mm on the big screen
- The Power of the Dog @Enlighten Festival: 12 March
- The Films That Made Them Famous: 4 to 26 March – award-winning performances from Margot Robbie, Toni Collette, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman
- Ozploitation on the Big Screen in 35mm: 25 to 26 February – screenings of Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!, Next of Kin and Roadgames
- Valentine's Day Weekend: 11 to 13 February – screenings of 10 Things I Hate About You, Moulin Rouge! and The Witches of Eastwick
- Costume and Character: A free family activity – 22 January to 26 March
- Mad Max-a-thon: 21 to 23 January – screening of all 4 Mad Max films plus Q&A with cinematographer John Seale
We are offering 2 curriculum-aligned programs for school students to complement the exhibition:
- Screen acting workshop; and
- Introducing film, story and character program.
For more information visit Australians & Hollywood Education Programs.
Travelling to Canberra for the exhibition?
Discover more than you expect in Canberra.
Explore a city full of passionate locals, hidden collections and unexpected gems. Drink in our warm welcomes with cool wines. Share our sense of adventure on countless mountains. Be rejuvenated by the surprise of a winery at the end of your hike, or by a whisky bar behind an unmarked door.
Dine in restaurants with five stars, then sleep under a million more. Rejuvenate in a spa amongst botanic gardens. Balloon at dawn and rise above Parliament House. Admire art collections belonging to Australia, then collect bottles and stories from one of 30 wineries within a 30-minute drive. Fall asleep next to pacing lions, or wake up in rooms where Prime Ministers have walked. Unearth creativity not just in the national attractions, but in suburban backyards and dotted around the city.
Get to know the real Canberra and plan your stay at visitcanberra.com.au.
Accor’s Australians & Hollywood Package
Save when you stay at participating hotels in Canberra with Accor’s exclusive Australians & Hollywood Package. Your package includes overnight accommodation, breakfast, an exclusive tote bag and tickets to the exhibition. Accor Plus members enjoy an additional 10% discount.
Choose from the following hotels, which are all conveniently located within minutes’ drive to the NFSA:
Mercure Canberra – 7 mins
Novotel Canberra – 3 mins
The Sebel Canberra Civic – 3 mins
Peppers Gallery Canberra – 2 mins
Ibis Styles Canberra Tall Trees – 10 mins
Ibis Styles Canberra – 12 mins
Ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk – 21 mins
Ibis Budget – 18 mins
Book today to secure your exclusive accommodation and exhibition package.
The hotel reservations team will be in touch prior to your stay to discuss preferred exhibition dates. E-tickets and exclusive exhibition tote bag will be provided upon arrival at hotel.
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