Jul 2024

Marathon runner Annet Negesa in a fluorescent pink athletic singlet in a still from the hybrid documentary Life Is Not a Competition, But I’m Winning, 2023.

Life Is Not a Competition, But I'm Winning


A documentary by women and queer people that tackles rigid gender rules in competitive sport.

A man wears tight black clothing accessorised with dark lipstick and eye shadow

Cult Classics: The Crow + Performance


In a world without justice, one man was chosen to protect the innocent.

A young Mark Lester with an empty bowl in his hand stands in the middle of a packed orphanage mess hall in a still from the film Oliver!, 1968.

Oliver! (35mm)


Oliver Twist wins hearts in this classic Oscar-winning musical from the Charles Dickens novel.

A still from the film Kairos, 2018, showing a close up of Chris Bunton’s face clasped in Jeremy Pride’s hands in a boxing ring.

Kairos + Q&A


A gymnast with Down syndrome takes up boxing and must reckon with his identity.

Marilyn Monroe reclining in a light blue velvet armchair in a still from the film The Seven Year Itch, 1955.

The Seven Year Itch


The classic Hollywood comedy which created the most famous image of Marilyn Monroe.

Aug 2024

A table that has a turntable and records on it and a lava lamp. There is an armchair in the background.

Vinyl Lounge


Vinyl lovers, come and share your favourite records and requests .

First Nations woman Audrey Napanangka wearing a floral dress and smiling

Audrey Napanangka + Q&A


Warlpiri woman Audrey teaches young people in Central Australia how to walk in many worlds.

A poster for ANU Film Fest featuring a woman with her arms in the air superimposed a graphic of a film reel

ANU Film Festival


The ANU Art School Collective’s student film competition returns to Arc Cinema.

Florence Pugh wearing a blue dress from the 19th century and standing next to a table with a glass bottle and vase on it

Spotlight on Ari Wegner (Film Pass)


Showcasing four early career highlights of the Oscar-nominated Australian cinematographer.

A still from the film Stray, 2018, showing a Kieran Charnock in a brown jacket and bandaged left hand with a snowy mountain range in the background.



A relationship develops between two strangers on a journey in the mountains of New Zealand.

Choi Min-sik inspecting a gold-coloured piece of food held between two red chopsticks in a still from the film Oldboy, 2003.

Oldboy (35mm)


A man has just five days to seek revenge after being mysteriously imprisoned for 15 years.

Tim the Yowie Man holding a lantern backstage during the NFSA Ghost Tour

NFSA Ghost Tours 2024: SOLD OUT


Join Tim the Yowie Man for a rare look behind the spooky history of the NFSA headquarters.

A still from the film Annie, 1982, showing a young, smiling Aileen Quinn with curly red hair and freckles wearing a white collared red dress.



The musical adaptation of orphan Annie’s rags-to-riches story is a classic for the whole family.

Detail from a poster for the documentary film Bauhaus Spirit featuring coloured shapes and stylised human figures represented in a Bauhaus art style

Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus


A close look at the influence of the Bauhaus over the 100 years following its founding.

Zar Amir Ebrahimi and Selina Zahednia smiling lovingly at each other in a still from the film Shayda, 2023.



An Iranian mother seeks refuge in an Australian women’s shelter with her young daughter.

Noah Taylor wearing a tuxedo and lying in a bath in a scene from the film He Died with a Felafel in His Hand

Book Club: He Died with a Felafel in His Hand


A tragicomic portrait of share-house life, adapted from the Australian grunge lit bestseller.

Wesley Snipes wearing a black leather trench coat and sunglasses and surrounded by menacing figures with red faces and outfits

Science. Art. Film.: Blade + Panel


Celebrate National Science Week with a screening of cult superhero hit Blade.

Still from the film The Man Who Sold His Skin, 2020, showing Yahya Mahayni facing a blue-tinted crowd of people with a purple tattoo on his back spelling the word “VISA”.

The Man Who Sold His Skin


A refugee who sells his body to a famous artist as a living canvas confronts the price of freedom.

Still from the musical film Bran Nue Dae, 2009, showing Magda Szubanski, Rocky McKenzie, Missy Higgins, Geoffrey Rush, Jessica Mauboy, Ernie Dingo, and Dan Sultan dancing with confetti falling around them against the backdrop of a blue sky with white clouds.

Bran Nue Dae (35mm)


A joyous musical road trip with an all-star cast, including Jessica Mauboy and Ernie Dingo.

A woman wearing headphones and operating a movie camera on a film set

Panel: Australian Women in the Film Industry


Industry leaders talk about the challenges and opportunities for Australian women in film.

Brendan Cowell as a Melbourne police officer standing on an underground train platform in a still from the film Noise, 2007.

Noise (35mm)


A police constable works the night shift after two horrific crimes in suburban Melbourne.

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

Book Club: Monkey Grip (35mm)


A nuanced reflection on love set against the gritty reality of 1970s inner-city Melbourne.

Riley Keough and Taylour Paige stand facing each other in a mirrored hallway lit by blue and yellow lightbulbs in a still from the film Zola, 2020.



A stripper’s wild journey into Florida’s underbelly, based on a real-life viral Twitter thread.

Detail from a graphic poster illustrating champion swimmer and diver Annette Kellerman wearing a bathing suit and a hat with her arms outstretched behind two potted shrubs.

U3A Sessions at NFSA 2024


Free presentations exploring Tom Skeyhill and Australian women in sport.

Florence Pugh in a flowing blue period dress, seated on an ornate wooden couch with bright yellow upholstery in a still from the film Lady Macbeth, 2016.

Lady Macbeth


Florence Pugh shines in this masterfully shot film that crackles with seductive tension.

Dick Van Dyke, Heather Ripley, Adrian Hall, and Sally Ann Howes waving from a flying, old style car with wings and helicopter-like propellers on either side.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


An eccentric inventor builds a flying car and takes his children on a fantastical adventure.

A shirtless Greek-Australian man stands in front of a tiled wall

Book Club: Head On (35mm) + Discussion


A gripping dive into class, culture and sexuality in 1990s Australia.

Six scenes from the film Memory Film: A Filmmaker’s Diary, 2023, showing a lineup of sailors, a woman holding an old handheld camera, a baby breastfeeding, an old clock with roman numerals on the side of a building, a man playing a lute, and a protest march on a city street with protesters holding a large banner reading, “In memory of all women of all countries raped in all wars”.

Memory Film: A Filmmaker's Diary + Q&A


Jeni Thornley looks back on three decades of personal and political filmmaking.

A black and white still of Bette Davis in a frilly white dress, singing with arms outstretched from the film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, 1962.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (35mm)


A classic take on sibling rivalry and a pivotal film for Hollywood stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

A man with a heavily scarred face and wearing a hat holds up a hand wearing a glove with sharp blades extending from his fingers

Cult Classics: A Nightmare on Elm Street – 40th Anniversary + Performance


If Nancy doesn’t wake up screaming, she won’t wake up at all.