NFSA Live: Shame + Filmmaker Q&A

10 July
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Next in our series of NFSA Live events, we are proud to present a free online screening of Shame (1988), starring Deborra-lee Furness. The film will be followed by a live Q&A session with director Steve Jodrell and writer Michael Brindley, hosted by NFSA Program Manager Karina Libbey. 

Following the live stream, Steve and Karina will discuss the making of the film, its themes and contemporary relevance, and the digital restoration process. You can ask them questions via live chat on the night, or send questions in advance to comms [at] by Thursday 9 July. 

Register Now

Register now to be reminded before we go live, or go directly to NFSA Live from 6pm AEST on 10 July to view the live stream. We hope to see you then! 


A stranger, Asta Cadell (Deborra-Lee Furness), arrives in an outback town on a crippled motorcycle. Stuck while she waits for repairs, Asta stays at the garage of Tim Curtis (Tony Barry). The outsider soon discovers that Tim’s young daughter Lizzie (Simone Buchanan) is the latest victim of the local sport: gang rape. 

Some women are intimidated, others make excuses and the law looks the other way – but nothing ever changes. Attacked herself, Asta is drawn into the struggle of the town’s women for safety and dignity. Emboldened by her, Lizzie lays charges and all hell breaks loose. The women rise up, but resistance is never that easy or that simple…

Shame was digitally restored in 2017 as part of our NFSA Restores program, which seeks to digitise, restore and preserve Australian films so they can be seen in today’s digital cinemas (and now online!).