Jun 2024

A woman wearing a white shirt and cardigan and standing in a field of high grass under a cloudy sky

BIRRARANGGA Opening Night: Bones of Crows


A Cree musical prodigy struggles for survival and justice in this multi-generational epic.

Tim the Yowie Man holding a lantern backstage during the NFSA Ghost Tour

NFSA Ghost Tours 2024: SOLD OUT


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

A smiling man sits in a grassy field resting his head on his hand

BIRRARANGGA Film Festival: Don’t Bury Me Without Ivan


Yakut Stepan Beresekov follows the son of a priest on a long expedition so as not to be buried alive.

A child running and smiling, with their hair streaming behind them

BIRRARANGGA Film Festival: Windcatcher + Q&A


An Aboriginal boy and his friends battle a group of bullies and win a school sports day title.

Four First Nations panellists seated in front of a screen projecting the BIRRARANGGA Film Festival logo

BIRRARANGGA Panel Conversation: Whose Story is it Anyway?


Global screen leaders explore Story Sovereignty and discuss who gets to tell Indigenous stories.

A seated man leaning against a wall and looking out a window

BIRRARANGGA Film Festival: A Boy Called Piano + Q&A


The remarkable story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu’s time as a state ward in the 1960s.

A cartoon of a boy steering a bicycle with a corrugated tin roof over his head

BIRRARANGGA Film Festival: Kyindoo Wilam (Learning Place)


Animations and short films for all ages that highlight the strength of Indigenous peoples.

A group of people parading down a rural road bearing flags. They are travelling on trail bikes and horseback with the person leading the march in a small jeep.

BIRRARANGGA Film Festival: Muru + Q&A


Exploring a charged episode of Aotearoa’s history: the Tūhoe raids of 15 October 2007.

Julian Assange wearing a suit and tie and standing with his hands crossed and resting on his upper chest

Special Event – The Trust Fall: Julian Assange + In Conversation


A deep dive into the WikiLeaks story and broader questions of press freedom and public interest.

An enraged Peter Finch at his newsdesk with clocks showing times of cities from around the world in a still from the film Network, 1976.



A blistering satire of media sensationalism and what we will trade for success.

Juliette Lewis leaning against Woody Harrelson. They are both leaning against a car parked in an open rural landscape

Cult Classics: Natural Born Killers (35mm) + Performance


A bold look at a country seduced by fame, obsessed by crime and consumed by the media.

Jake Gyllenhaal holding a video camera with a night time city skyline in the background in a still from the film Nightcrawler, 2014.



How far will a desperate grifter go to capture the most graphic, sensational images?

Bill Hunter looking through a 1940s style newsreel camera in a still from the film Newsfront, 1978.



The newsreel camera operators of the 1940s & ‘50s who documented a changing Australia.

Jul 2024

A still from the film Brand Bollywood Downunder: Australia’s Love Affair with Bollywood, 2023, showing Farhan Akhtar and a group of smiling people at a multicultural festival with their arms outstretched towards the camera.

Brand Bollywood Downunder: Australia's Love Affair with Bollywood


A deep dive into the rise of Bollywood in Australia and the inner workings of this global subculture.

A man and woman dressed in warm clothing standing amidst burned out machinery and a building reduced to rubble

SPECIAL EVENT: Ukraine Guernica – Art Not War + Q&A


Documenting the creativity of artists responding to the Russian invasions of Ukraine and Afghanistan.

A table that has a turntable and records on it and a lava lamp. There is an armchair in the background.

Vinyl Lounge


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

Geena Davis holding a baseball in a baseball stadium in a still from the film A League of Their Own, 1992.

A League of Their Own


Two sisters in the first female professional baseball league fight to prove women's place in sports.

A still from the documentary Dig Deeper, 2023, showing First Nations artist Blak Douglas in an art studio.

Dig Deeper


The practice of First Nations artists Blak Douglas, Maree Clarke, Penny Evans and Ben McKeown.

A smiling Ian Charleson being carried by a group of other young men in a still from the film Chariots of Fire, 1981.

Chariots of Fire


Two British sprinters find their resolve and beliefs tested in their journey to the 1924 Paris Olympics.

A still from the film Cool Runnings, 1993, showing Leon, Malik Yoba, Doug E. Doug, and Rawle D. Lewis in brightly coloured clothing sitting tightly behind one another in a bathtub as if it were a bobsled.

Cool Runnings (35mm)


Inspired by the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team to compete at the Olympics.

Adam Goodes with bright orange and yellow Aboriginal artwork painted on his chest and darker Aboriginal artwork in the background from the documentary The Australian Dream, 2019.

The Australian Dream


Interrogating the racism faced by AFL star Adam Goodes, on and off the field.

Parminder Nagra celebrating with her arms around Keira Knightly in a still from the film Bend It Like Beckham, 2002.

Bend It Like Beckham


Sporting talent, cultural norms and teenage desires clash in this endearing coming-of-age film.

A woman and young girl doing laundry by hand look worriedly up at the sky in a still from the animated film, Barefoot Gen, 1983.

Barefoot Gen


Anime depicting the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath through the eyes of a child.

A still from the documentary Maralinga Tjarutja, 2020, showing an Mima Smart outdoors in colourful clothing with her right arm outstretched.

Maralinga Tjarutja + Q&A


A documentary celebrating the tenacity, strength and achievements of the Maralinga people.

Peter Sellers wearing round sunglasses in a still from the film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 1964.

Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb


Stanley Kubrick deftly satirises Cold War politics and nuclear fears in this artful black comedy.

Sylvester Stallone in a grey tracksuit, facing away from the camera with arms outstretched victoriously above his head, overlooking a park in a still from the film Rocky, 1976.



This iconic underdog story is among the greatest sports films of all time.

A young man with blue hair with his left arm around a smaller, older woman in a still from the animated film Howl's Moving Castle, 2004.

Howl's Moving Castle


The Wizard of Oz meets anime magic in a heartwarming Studio Ghibli adventure.

Still from the film The Magnificent Seven, 1960, showing Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Horst Buchholz, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughan, Brad Dexter, and James Coburn as seven cowboys on horseback riding through a dusty field.

The Magnificent Seven


John Sturges translates Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai into a gunslinging Western.

A young Hawaiian girl and a small blue alien surfing happily through a barrel wave in a still from the animated film Lilo & Stitch, 2001.

Lilo & Stitch (35mm)


An alien experiment and a young Hawaiian orphan find an unlikely connection – and cause chaos.

Kim Yoon-seok and Zo In-sung standing with their hands on their hips beside a queue of people entering Mogadishu International Airport in a still from the film Escape from Mogadishu, 2021.

Escape from Mogadishu


Diplomats from South Korea and North Korea attempt to escape war-torn Somalia.