CANCELLED – Arc Out Loud: Dune

20 August
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$12/$10

Please note: this event has been cancelled while the NFSA is closed to the public, following directives from the ACT Government. Tickets to this event will be refunded; please wait to hear from our staff as they process cancellations. If you purchased tickets for this event in person or over the phone please contact tickets [at]

Continuing our series of interactive, ‘out loud’ screenings. Some films deserve hushed reverence and quiet contemplation... these are not those films.   

‘From the boundaries of incredible to the borders of the impossible!’

In anticipation of the release of Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Dune, we revisit this cult 80s mind trip!

David Lynch’s infamous adaptation of Frank Herbet’s sci-fi masterwork Dune has been called many things: brain-bending, ambitious, a beautiful disaster. Now you can experience all its majesty on the big screen and decide for yourself!  

In the year 10191, the spice melange, found only on the desert planet of Arrakis, is the most valuable substance in the universe. A royal decree awards Arrakis to Duke Leto Atreides (Jürgen Prochnow), ousting his bitter enemies, the Harkonnens.  

When the Harkonnens violently seize back their fiefdom, it is up to Leto’s son Paul (Kyle MacLachlan) to lead the native Fremen of Arrakis in a battle for control of the planet and its spice.

A film you might never expect David Lynch to make, is ultimately a film only he could produce. Join us for a big screen experience, for the chance to loudly voice your opinion and enjoy all the costumes, all the absurdity, and all the Sting!  

Please note: Due to the extended lockdown in Melbourne, our 35mm film print will unfortunately not make it back to Canberra in time for the screening. The session will proceed with a digital version of the film. We apologise for any inconvenience.

‘It is a dark, spellbinding dream … It's not always easy to follow, but it's even harder to get out of your system. For better and for worse, it takes more artistic chances than any major American movie around’ – Newsweek (1984)

‘I don't believe in guilty pleasures or “so bad they're good” movies, but Dune challenged that philosophy more than any movie I can think of. So bizarre, twisted and perplexing ... that I appreciated its conviction and ambition’ – Filmspotting



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