Canberra Screenings and Events
BY MATT KEMP
Extraordinary true stories
August at the NFSA brings true stories about the fight for equality, the joys and heartbreaks that unite us all and achievements through art.
For National Homeless Week, we are partnering with the Clemente Canberra Program and the St Vincent de Paul Society to present a special screening of A Reckoning in Boston about breaking the cycle of poverty, inequality and social injustice (6 August).
Our Doco of the Month – Girls Can't Surf – is the inspiring story of the renegade women who took on the male-dominated professional surfing world in the 1980s to achieve equality and change the sport forever (12 August).
To celebrate our current exhibition on Mervyn Bishop, the photographer behind many of Australia's iconic moments, we’re screening several documentaries that explore what makes a great photographer (13 to 15 August). Book your Mervyn Bishop exhibition tickets online and save up to 25%.
Other intriguing stories drawn from real life at Arc this month include a double bill as part of our Saturday Screenings program in collaboration with the National Gallery of Australia: see Flamingo Park, about Australian fashion designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, followed by Unfolding Florence, which explores the mysterious death of designer Florence Broadhurst (7 August).
For National Science Week, meet Hatidze Muratova in Honeyland, the last in a line of Macedonian wild beekeepers (14 August).
Taste of Iran
At the end of the month, we look at the inventive and deeply humanistic films of Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. In partnership with ACMI and the Sydney Film Festival, we will be screening six of his films (27 to 29 August). You can purchase individual tickets, a Season Pass for all six films, or a three-ticket pass for the Koker Trilogy.
Our Aussie Indies screening this month is an open-captioned session of Unbound, about a musician who becomes involved with a young, deaf trans man (6 August). For our Friday Matinee, we're screening a 35mm print of The Shiralee (1957), with Peter Finch as the wandering swaggie who learns to take responsibility for a daughter he hardly knows (27 August).
Kids can enjoy onsite games and activities after our Saturday Morning Cartoons session of The Croods: A New Age (7 August). After the latest instalment of The Story of Film, marvel at the technical achievement of Russian Ark, filmed in one take in St Petersburg's magnificent Winter Palace (21 August).
Last, but definitely not least, we continue our series of interactive, ‘Arc out loud’ screenings with the mind-bending, divisive and utterly bonkers 80s cult classic Dune, directed by David Lynch (20 August). See it in 35mm on the big screen before Denis Villeneuve's take hits cinemas in October.
So help us see off winter with some incredible stories from all over the globe. Click on the links below to book.
THE FULL LINE-UP:
National Homeless Week: A Reckoning in Boston – 6 August, 11am
The Vinyl Lounge – 6 August, 5:30pm
Aussie Indies: Unsound – 6 August, 6pm
Saturday Morning Cartoons – The Croods: A New Age – 7 August, 10:30am
Saturday Screenings: Flamingo Park + Unfolding Florence 35mm – 7 August, 2pm
Doco of the Month: Girls Can’t Surf – 12 August, 6pm
Focus on Photography: Finding Vivian Maier – 13 August, 6pm
Focus on Photography: The Salt of the Earth – 14 August, 2pm
National Science Week: Honeyland – 14 August, 6pm
Focus on Photography: Bill Cunningham New York – 15 August, 2pm
Arc Out Loud: Dune 35mm – 20 August, 8pm
The Story of Film: Cinema Today and the Future – 21 August, 1pm
Russian Ark 35mm – 21 August, 2:30pm
Friday Matinee: The Shiralee 35mm – 27 August, 10:30am
The Films of Abbas Kiarostami: Taste of Cherry – 27 August, 6pm
NFSA Ghost Tour – 27 August, 8pm SOLD OUT
The Films of Abbas Kiarostami: Where is the Friend’s House? – 28 August, 2pm
The Films of Abbas Kiarostami: And Life Goes On… – 28 August, 4pm
The Films of Abbas Kiarostami: Through the Olive Trees – 28 August, 7pm
The Films of Abbas Kiarostami: The Wind Will Carry Us – 29 August, 2pm
The Films of Abbas Kiarostami: Ten – 29 August, 4:30pm
Main image: Where is the Friend’s House? (Khan-ye Doust Kodjast?)