David Gulpilil, spear raised, stalking his prey through the Arafura swamp

July at Arc Cinema

Arc Cinema Program at the NFSA – July 2021

Canberra Screenings and Events
 Johnny Milner

Join us in July for a month of innovative and diverse screen experiences, entertaining talks and performances, and a showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking.

To celebrate NAIDOC Week (from July 4-11), we're focusing on stories by and about inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. We are excited to present the new documentary My Name is Gulpilil – a film that leads us boldly through the extraordinary life of one of Australia's finest film actors. A special Q&A with director Molly Reynolds will follow the screening (9 July).

Complementing this fantastic film event, we have the documentary Another Country (also directed by Reynolds and narrated and guided by Gulpilil), which attempts to make sense of how modern Indigenous voices can exist between cultures (10 July).

And in collaboration with the National Gallery of Australia, we present a free screening of the short film Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy, Tracey Moffatt's brilliant reimagining of Charles Chauvel's 1955 film Jedda, followed by an episode of Art + Soul, written and narrated by Hetti Perkins and directed by Warwick Thornton. This episode profiles three influential Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists: Mervyn Bishop, Tommy McRae and Albert Namatjira (3 July).

Also continuing throughout the month is our Mervyn Bishop Exhibition. Book your tickets now through to 4 October and learn more about the photographer behind some of Australia's most iconic moments. Book online for a 10% discount.

Our July program also features the latest KinoKonzert instalment, Homo Sapiens, a live audiovisual performance bringing together the work of contemporary filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter with experimental composer Heinz Riegler (29 July).

Can hummus help bring about peace? This message of understanding and tolerance through culinary communion is central to our Doco of the Month, Breaking Bread, which chronicles a unique food festival in Haifa, Israel (15 July).

For the winter school holidays, we're screening six recent family-friendly hits including:

— Cruella, the steampunk-inspired origin story behind one of Disney's most famous female anti-heroes (8 July

— Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon, the witty and refreshingly cheerful stop-motion animation about an alien arriving at a farm (1 July

Trolls World Tour – a colourful animated feature, bound with messages of inclusion, which focuses on the epic quest of two trolls to unite – through music – the Troll realms (2 July). 

For our Saturday morning cartoon special, we have The Little Mermaid, Disney's beloved animated musical about a mermaid princess who longs to be human (3 July).

Our epic run through The Story of Film is up to the 1990s (17 July) and we're excited to screen Jane Campion's powerful classic The Piano in a 35mm print from our collection (17 July).

Continuing our series of interactive, 'Arc out loud' screenings, we're bringing you the fantasy cult classic Labyrinth, starring David Bowie, in a special Scratch 'n' Sniff presentation (16 July). And our Aussie Indies film this month is Angel of Mine, a gripping psychological thriller about two mothers whose lives are connected by a shocking truth (2 July).

Later in the month, we look at the boundary-pushing and irreverent films of Italian director Lina Wertmüller, focusing on three of her great works from the 1970s, Seven Beauties (30 July), Love and Anarchy (31 July) and The Seduction of Mimi (31 July). 

Then, for a complete change of flavour, come to 'Arnie fest' for two stand-out sci-fi action films, Terminator 2 (23 July) and Total Recall (23 July), both presented in recently restored 4K resolution.

And so much more! Come join us for a month of special screenings and events. Click on the links below to book.


Spies in Disguise – 30 June, 10:30am

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon – 1 July, 10:30am

Trolls World Tour – 2 July, 10:30am

NFSA Building History: If These Walls Could Talk – 2 July, 10:30am

The Vinyl Lounge – 2 July, 5:30pm

Aussie Indies: Angel of Mine – 2 July, 6pm

Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Little Mermaid – 3 July, 10:30am

Art + Soul plus Night Cries – 3 July, 2pm

Onward – 7 July, 10:30am

Cruella – 8 July, 10:30am

Spirit Untamed – 9 July, 10:30am

My Name is Gulpilil + Q&A with Molly Reynolds – 9 July, 6pm

Another Country – 10 July, 2pm

Doco of the Month: Breaking Bread – 15 July, 6pm

Arc Out Loud: Labyrinth Scratch 'n' Sniff – 16 July, 8pm

The Story of Film: New Independents and the Digital Revolution – 17 July, 1pm

The Piano (35mm) – 17 July, 2:30pm

Arnie Fest: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (4K Restoration) – 23 July, 6pm

Arnie Fest: Total Recall (4K Restoration) – 23 July, 8:30pm

Christmas in July: Gremlins – 24 July, 6pm

KinoKonzert: Homo Sapiens – 29 July, 6pm

Friday Matinee: All About Eve – 30 July, 10:30am

Lina Wertmüller Retrospective: Seven Beauties – 30 July, 8pm

NFSA Ghost Tour – 30 July, 8pm SOLD OUT

Lina Wertmüller Retrospective: Love and Anarchy – 31 July, 5pm

Lina Wertmüller Retrospective: The Seduction of Mimi – 31 July, 8pm


Main image: David Gulpilil in My Name is Gulpilil