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August at Arc Cinema

Arc Cinema Program at NFSA for August 2022

Canberra Screenings and Events
 Matt Kemp

Our line-up this month kicks off with a very special exclusive – singer Tim Freedman and producer Rob Taylor of iconic Australian band The Whitlams discuss the creation, songs and themes of their classic album, Eternal Nightcap (1997). From the Hottest 100 favourite 'No Aphrodisiac' to the haunting 'Charlie' trilogy, hear the stories of the album straight from 2 of the people responsible for bringing it to life. And stick around because the monthly Vinyl Lounge will be spinning some amazing records for everyone to enjoy immediately afterwards.

August also sees the beginning of SCIENCE. ART. FILM. – free monthly screenings that look to uncover wacky, weird and wonderful facets of science and art in films. Presented in conjunction with the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) and the ANU Humanities Research Centre, we start with Tim Burton’s alien invasion comedy Mars Attacks! (1996). Following the screening will be a discussion featuring Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens (CPAS) and Dr Brad Tucker (CPAS, Mt Stromlo Observatory) about the popular perception of science in space movies.

This month, we also take a look at the competitive world of street dance with Keep Stepping (2022), featuring a Q&A with director Luke Cornish afterwards. Get ready to let the music lead you home with a Sunday matinee screening of joyous Australian classic Bran Nue Dae (2009) and don’t forget to demand the ‘finest wines available to humanity’ with a special quote-a-long screening of Withnail & I (1987) for August’s edition of Arc Out Loud.

Please help us keep everyone safe by reading and following our COVID-safety and visitor information and don’t forget to get your Club NFSA card when you arrive.


Classic Australian Albums: Eternal Nightcap by the Whitlams – 5 August, 6pm 

The Vinyl Lounge – 5 August, 7:30pm 

Women Make Film Episode 6: POV, Close-Ups and Dreams – 6 August, 1pm, FREE 

NFSA Restores: Proof – 6 August, 2:30pm 

Frederick Wiseman: Belfast, Maine – 7 August, 1pm

Arc Out Loud: Withnail & I Quote-A-Long – 12 August, 8pm 

Taiwan Film Festival – 13 August

Taiwan Film Festival: Goddamned Asura + Girl in the Water – 13 August, 10:30am

Taiwan Film Festival: A Leg + Homebound – 13 August, 1pm

Taiwan Film Festival: Taipei Dad, New York Mom (Unfinished) + The Tank Fairy – 13 August, 4pm

Taiwan Film Festival: Yi Yi: A One and a Two – 13 August, 6pm

Sunday Matinee: Bran Nue Dae – 14 August, 2pm 

SCIENCE. ART. FILM.: Mars Attacks! – 18 August, 6pm, FREE

Aussie Indies: The Longest Weekend – 19 August, 6pm 

Frederick Wiseman: Domestic Violence – 21 August, 1pm 

Doco of the Month: Keep Stepping + Q&A – 25 August, 6pm

Canberra International Film Festival Gold Pass

Canberra International Film Festival: Rebecca – 26 August, 7:30pm

Canberra International Film Festival: Pursued – 27 August, 11:00am

Canberra International Film Festival: Trouble in Paradise – 27 August, 2pm

Canberra International Film Festival: John Farrow – Hollywood’s Man in The Shadows – 27 August, 4:15pm

Canberra International Film Festival: The Big Clock – 27 August, 7:30pm

Canberra International Film Festival: Alias Nick Beal – 28 August, 11am

Canberra International Film Festival: Cluny Brown – 28 August, 1:30pm

Canberra International Film Festival: Where Danger Lives – 28 August, 4:15pm


Main image: Keep Stepping (2022)