Daily Program: December
Over summer, our free weekday screening program at the NFSA in Canberra showcases classic Australian films featured in Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits. Starstruck is an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery jointly developed by NFSA and Portrait Gallery curators. Screenings include a filmed introduction from NFSA curators about the historical background to each production.
Sunshine Sally (1922 | 74mins | G |D: Lawson Harris)
The working-class Sally falls in love with the adopted son of wealthy parents from whom she was kidnapped as a child.
The Sentimental Bloke (1919 | 110mins | G |D: Raymond Longford) (pictured)
The Bloke, as it’s affectionately known, is remarkable for the naturalism of its acting and the humour with which it portrays its working-class characters. CJ Dennis’ poem is set in Melbourne, but Longford and Lyell relocated it to Sydney’s Woolloomooloo, which then had a reputation as a tough, inner-city neighbourhood.
It Isn’t Done (1937 | 90mins | G |D: Ken G Hall)
Cinesound produced this comedy about an aristocratic inheritance bequeathed to a humble Australian (two-time Oscar nominee Cecil Kellaway).