Dec 2022

Front entrance to the National Film and Sound Archive building
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Plan Your Visit – COVID-19 information

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10AM – 4PM DAILY, 10AM – 8PM FRIDAYS

Welcome! Here's what we're doing to protect the health of visitors to the NFSA.

Street view of Melbourne in the 1960s
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Vintage Australia program

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See times below. Note: doesn't screen Thursdays

What was life in Australia like 50 years ago? Enjoy a look at our cities in the 1960s.

Aqua and blue graphic of a record being played on a record player.
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The Vinyl Lounge

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5:30-7:00pm

Vinyl lovers, come and share your favourite records and requests.

Demonstrators protest with banners on the side of a river
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Doco of the Month: Franklin

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6:00pm

Retracing the campaign that saved the World Heritage-listed national park in the early 1980s.

A negative exposure photograph of the Australian Institute of Anatomy (now the NFSA) building
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NFSA Ghost Tour

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8:00pm

Join Tim the Yowie Man for a rare look behind the spooky history of the NFSA headquarters.

A man lying on his side on the ground taking a photograph
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Saturday Screenings: Sadness

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2:00pm

A mesmerising, poetic montage that brings to life the stories of William Yang’s family and friends.

A collage of images featuring men and women in various situations
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Antenna Film Festival: Les Blank Retrospective

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1:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:30pm

The NFSA and Antenna present a retrospective of maverick documentary filmmaker Les Blank.

A middle aged African American man wearing a hat and sunglasses man holding a small bottle in one hand and a guitar.
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Antenna Film Festival: Les Blank Retrospective, Session 1

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1:00pm

Les Blank's engaging portraits of blues artists and New Orleans.

A man playing an according seated next to a woman playing guitar.
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Antenna Film Festival: Les Blank Retrospective, Session 2

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4:00pm

Session 2 of the retrospective highlights Les Blank's passion for food and festivals.

Head and shoulders shot of filmmaker Werner Herzog c1980. He is wearing a white t-shirt and sunglasses and looking off camera.
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Antenna Film Festival: Les Blank Retrospective, Session 3

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6:30pm

Les Blank's unique look into the mission of one of cinema’s most fearless directors.

Detail of the book cover of Those Dashing McDonagh Sisters showing portraits of Paulette, Isabel and Phyllis McDonagh
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Book Launch: Those Dashing McDonagh Sisters

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6pm

Join us for the Canberra launch of the biography of Australia’s first female filmmaking team.

Close up of a young girl's face in profile. She has her hair tied back and is looking straight ahead intently.
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Aussie Indies: Moja Vesna

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6:00pm

Ten-year-old Moja must unite her family in this compassionate Australian–Slovenian drama.

Illustration of a woman with a movie camera
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Season: Women Make Film

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1:00pm

An epic guided tour through the art and craft of movies as told by female filmmakers.

Illustration of a woman with a movie camera
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Women Make Film: Melodrama, Sci-Fi, Horror and Hell

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1:00pm

What are some of the great works of melodrama, science-fiction and horror directed by women?

A teenage girl walking alone through a quiet street at night.
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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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2:30pm

The first Iranian vampire Western.

Austin Butler as Elvis Presley singing to a TV audience of adoring female fans in the movie ELVIS. He has a guitar strapped to him and is wearing a black leather suit.
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ELVIS: Encore Screenings

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1:00pm

See ELVIS props and costumes on display before the screening!

Aisling Franciosi and Baykali Ganambarr are standing outside in front of a wall in a scene from the film The Nightingale. They are looking pensively off camera
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The Nightingale + Q&A

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6:00pm

Featuring a Q&A discussion with the film's cultural advisor, Jim-puralia Everett-meenamatta.

A man, woman and little girl stand with an older man dressed as Santa Claus. They are admiring a Christmas Tree in a large living room with other people gathered in the background.
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Christmas at the NFSA

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See below

Celebrate Christmas at the NFSA with 3 very different festive films.

Close up of a man crawling through a tunnel.
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Die Hard

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6:00pm

Yippee-ki-yay, it’s Christmas!

Animation still from the film The Grinch showing a grumpy-looking green cartoon character sitting on a lounge chair in a living room.
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The Grinch

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2:00pm

A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.

An older man dressed as Santa Claus sitting in a sleigh waving at people.
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Miracle on 34th Street

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2:00pm

A department store Santa Claus claims to be the real Santa.

Feb 2023

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Women Make Film: Tension, Stasis and Leave Out

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1:00pm

This episode looks at tension, stillness and the art of omission in the work of female directors.

A young girl looking at a green bicycle.
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Wadjda

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2:30pm

An enterprising Saudi girl enters a Koran recitation competition to raise money for a forbidden bicycle.

Mar 2023

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Women Make Film: Reveal, Memory and Time

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1:00pm

How have female filmmakers employed revelation, memory and time in their films?

A stag and a deer in a snowy wooded area.
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On Body and Soul

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2:30pm

Two slaughterhouse workers discover they share the same dreams – and fall in love.

Apr 2023

Illustration of a woman with a movie camera
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Women Make Film: Life Inside, Meaning of Life, Love

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1:00pm

How have female directors portrayed inner life, love and the search for meaning?

5 young women leaning over linking arms in a circle and looking directly down into the camera.
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Mustang

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2:30pm

Five sisters with a passion for freedom are caught in a scandal with unexpected consequences.

May 2023

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Women Make Film: Death, Endings, Song and Dance

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1:00pm

The epic road movie concludes with – what else? - death, but also a song and a dance.

A group of young women hugging each other and laughing.
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Girlhood

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2:30pm

You don't have the full story. Until you know hers.