Austin Butler as Elvis Presley singing to a TV audience of adoring female fans in the movie ELVIS. He has a guitar strapped to him and is wearing a black leather suit.

December 2022 at Arc Cinema

Arc Cinema Program at NFSA for December 2022

Canberra Screenings and Events
 Matt Kemp

Join us on 8 December for the Canberra book launch of Those Dashing McDonagh Sisters: Australia’s first female filmmaking team by Mandy Sayer. Paulette, Phyllis and Isabel McDonagh were the first women in Australia to form their own production company and their trailblazing story will be told in conversation with Mandy, supported by clips and images from the NFSA collection.

We’re happy to say that Elvis is still in the building, with an encore screening of Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS (2022). Included with tickets will be access to our updated Australians & Hollywood exhibition, where you’ll have the chance to see some of the phenomenal costumes from the film before the screening!

This month, we’re also getting festive with a trio of films to bring holiday cheer to all! Beginning with Die Hard (1988) on 16 December with Buy-One-Get-One-Free tickets to debate with a friend if it’s a Christmas movie or not! Then on 17 December, The Grinch (2018) will warm even the grumpiest heart with a new spin on the classic story by Dr Seuss. And make sure you don’t miss one of the most enduring Christmas films of all time, with Miracle on 34th Street (1947) on 18 December.

Arc Cinema is proud to partner with the Antenna Documentary Film Festival for a retrospective on the work of maverick documentary filmmaker Les Blank. Over a more than 50-year career, Les Blank has established himself as an uncompromising auteur, capturing different cultures and communities that are rarely seen on screen. Specially chosen for this retrospective, these films demonstrate major themes of Les Blank’s career, such as music, communities, filmmaking and food. Tickets are available at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival website.

Rounding out an already packed month of amazing screenings is Ana Lily Amirpour’s genre-defying vampire horror A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), the story of a family dealing with grief and change in Moja Vesna (2022) and a look at the incredible campaign to save Tasmania’s Franklin river in the 1980s in the AACTA Award-nominated documentary Franklin (2022).

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.


 The Full Line-up



Aqua and blue graphic of a record being played on a record player.

The Vinyl Lounge

2 Dec, 5:30pm

Demonstrators protest with banners on the side of a river

Doco of the Month: Franklin

2 Dec, 6pm

A negative exposure photograph of the Australian Institute of Anatomy (now the NFSA) building

NFSA Ghost Tour

2 Dec, 8pm, SOLD OUT

A middle aged African American man wearing a hat and sunglasses man holding a small bottle in one hand and a guitar.

Antenna Film Festival: Les Blank Retrospective Session 1

4 Dec, 1pm

A man playing an according seated next to a woman playing guitar.

Antenna Film Festival: Les Blank Retrospective Session 2

4 Dec, 4pm

Head and shoulders shot of filmmaker Werner Herzog c1980. He is wearing a white t-shirt and sunglasses and looking off camera.

Antenna Film Festival: Les Blank Retrospective Session 3

4 Dec, 6:30pm


Detail of the book cover of Those Dashing McDonagh Sisters showing portraits of Paulette, Isabel and Phyllis McDonagh

Book Launch: Those Dashing McDonagh Sisters

8 Dec, 6pm

Close up of a young girl's face in profile. She has her hair tied back and is looking straight ahead intently.

Aussie Indies: Moja Vesna

9 Dec, 6pm

Illustration of a woman with a movie camera

Women Make Film Episode 10: Melodrama, Sci-Fi, Horror & Hell

10 Dec, 1pm, FREE

A teenage girl walking alone through a quiet street at night.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

10 Dec, 2:30pm

Austin Butler as Elvis Presley singing to a TV audience of adoring female fans in the movie ELVIS. He has a guitar strapped to him and is wearing a black leather suit.

ELVIS Encore Screening

11 Dec, 1pm



Aisling Franciosi and Baykali Ganambarr are standing outside in front of a wall in a scene from the film The Nightingale. They are looking pensively off camera

The Nightingale + Q&A

12 Dec, 6pm

Close up of a man crawling through a tunnel.

Christmas at the NFSA: Die Hard Buy 1 Get 1 Free!

16 Dec, 6pm

Animation still from the film The Grinch showing a grumpy-looking green cartoon character sitting on a lounge chair in a living room.

Christmas at the NFSA: The Grinch

17 Dec, 2pm

An older man dressed as Santa Claus sitting in a sleigh waving at people.

Christmas at the NFSA: Miracle on 34th Street

18 Dec, 2pm