Fright Night: Cult Cinema Classics at the NFSA with Venus Mantrap

A production still from the film Scream showing a row of five men and women dressed in black and against a black background standing looking very serious, directly facing the camera
28 October - 24 November
See session times below
Arc Cinema
$12 / $10 each session

Arc Cinema presents a series of Friday night filmic feasts hosted by Venus Mantrap – local drag artist and culture warrior.   

Fright Night: Cult Cinema Classics at the NFSA plumbs the archives to showcase cinema with bite, edgy movies and fan favourites – films that unnerve, push buttons, ask questions and just look good on the big screen!  

If you're a sucker for nostalgia or curious about forgotten gems, join Venus as we venture into the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond – with special guests, surprise performances, trivia and best-dressed contests. Gather your tribe of rowdy rebels and misfits and join Venus for Fright Night!   



The Lost Boys (1987) - 23 June, 8pm

The Hunger (1983) - 26 May, 8pm

Robocop (1987), 35mm - 28 July, 9pm

Videodrome (1983) - 25 August, 8pm

The Truman Show (1998), 35mm - 22 September, 8pm

Halloween Double Feature - 28 October ($18/$15 for a double pass or $12/$10 individually):
— Scream (1996), 35mm - 7pm
— Scream VI (2023) - 9:30pm

An American Werewolf in London (1981) - 24 November, 8pm


Venus Mantrap

Venus Mantrap is an androgynous construct whose roots are firmly planted in the world of drag. Exploring aspects of cabaret, performance-art and comedy during live shows, Mantrap has produced The Bowie Ball and starred in the one-person-shows Life, Love and Lip Syncing and Valley of the Molls. Venus is regularly found at Smith's Alternative as the MC of Cabaret Voltaire and has been a featured artist at Glitterbox, LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club, Drag Cabaret and Finucane and Smith's touring show Dancehall. Follow them on Instagram at @the_venus_mantrap.  



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