A man and woman embrace while surrounded by members of their extended family of various ages.
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Book Club at the NFSA series

Presented at NFSA Arc Cinema with Canberra Writers Festival

Read. Watch. Discuss. 

Join the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and Canberra Writers Festival for a new series of screenings and discussions, exploring how culturally significant books have been adapted and reimagined as films. 

Perfect for bookworms and film buffs alike, this series spans a wide variety of genres, styles and subjects, from Little Women to Australian grunge lit and everything in between.  

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2024 Program

Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet standing outdoors with their foreheads touching in an intimate pose
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Bones and All (2022) + Discussion 

Sunday 11 February, 1pm

A horror-romance road trip adapted from Camille de Angelis’ coming-of-age novel.

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Jasper Jones (2017) + Discussion 

Sunday 24 March, 1pm

A gripping small-town murder mystery, adapted from Craig Silvey’s bestseller and directed by Rachel Perkins.

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A woman stands outside in a mountainous landscape looking into the distance
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Nomadland (2020) + Discussion 

Sunday 21 April, 1pm

A powerful portrait of post-Recession America from writer/director Chloé Zhao, adapted from Jessica Bruder’s non-fiction book.

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Little Women

Catch these two different interpretations of Little Women, both highly acclaimed, ahead of our discussion on the films and Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel.

There is a double pass available for both screenings: Sunday 19 and 26 May, 1pm.

Book double pass

 

A mother and her four daughters sit around the fireplace dressed in 19th clothes eagerly reading a letter
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Little Women (1994)

Sunday 19 May, 1pm

NOTE: there is no discussion after this screening

Gillian Armstrong’s take is led by Winona Ryder and stars a young Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes and Christian Bale.

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Three sisters look through a window
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Little Women (2019) + Discussion 

Sunday 26 May, 1pm

Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed adaptation of this coming-of-age novel is both boldly 21st century and richly true to its period roots.  

Book tickets

 

A bare-chested man smokes a cigarette while surrounded by a group of tense-looking and sweaty men
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Fight Club (1999) + Discussion 

Sunday 16 June, 1pm 

The first rule of fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.

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Crazy Rich Asians (2018) + Discussion 

Sunday 21 July, 1pm 

A genre-shaping cultural phenomenon and one of the highest-grossing rom-coms of all time.

Book tickets

 

Australian Grunge Lit

Explore three classic Australian films based on key novels from the Australian Grunge Lit movement by authors John Birmingham, Helen Garner and Christos Tsiolkas, ahead of our discussion on 25 August.

There is a triple pass available for all three screenings: Sunday 11, 18 and 25 August, 1pm

Book Triple Pass

 

A man sits in the bath smoking while reading a novel
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He Died With a Felafel in His Hand (2001)

Sunday 11 August, 1pm.

NOTE: there is no discussion after this screening

A tragicomic portrait of share-house life, adapted from John Birmingham’s indie Australian grunge lit bestseller.

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A man and woman stand outside together against the wall of a house. A One Way street sign is next to them but pointing towards the ground
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Monkey Grip (1982)

Sunday 18 August, 1pm.

NOTE: there is no discussion after this screening

A nuanced reflection on love set against the gritty reality of 1970s inner-city Australia, adapted from Helen Garner’s award-winning debut novel.

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A shirtless Greek-Australian man stands in front of a tiled wall
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Head On (1998) + Discussion 

Sunday 25 August, 1pm 

A gripping dive into class, culture and sexuality in 1990s urban Australia, adapted from Christos Tsiolkas’ debut novel, Loaded.

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Three teenagers sit in the back of a pick-up truck looking both sullen and uncertain
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) + Discussion 

Sunday 22 September, 1pm 

A heartfelt bildungsroman and a razor-sharp critique of ‘gay conversion therapy’, adapted from Emily M Danforth’s award-winning YA novel.

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A First Nations woman in a period dress and bush hat stands outside holding a rifle
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The Drover’s Wife (1984, short) + The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson (2021) + Discussion 

Sunday 20 October, 1pm 

Two thought-provoking interpretations of Henry Lawson’s iconic Australian short story.

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A montage of five young people: a smoking man holding up two fingers, a woman sneering, a man pointing his fingers like a gun, a man wearing glasses and smiling and a man in a tight t-shirt dripping with water and hugging himself
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Trainspotting (1996) + Discussion 

Sunday 17 November, 1pm 

The acclaimed film adaptation of Irvine’s Welsh’s cult novel about the gritty, riotous world of the Edinburgh drug scene.

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Two women in Regency-era costumes and bonnets stand outside. One is looking at the other while bringing a strawberry to her lips
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Emma (2020) + Discussion 

Sunday 8 December, 1pm

A fresh, quippy romp of period frivolity adapted from Jane Austen’s timeless novel.

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