CineCity Canberra: 1913–2013 is a free exhibition highlighting the connection between Canberra and film through stills, photographs, posters and the moving image. It runs from 9 March 2013 to 6 January 2014 in the Foyer Gallery at the NFSA.
Pioneer filmmakers Raymond Longford and Ernest Higgins filmed Naming the Federal Capital of Australia, March 12th 1913 for Spencer’s Pictures, which was under contract to the Commonwealth Government to record this unique moment — the birth of a city.
This important event coincided with a significant year for the Australian feature film industry with the decline of local film production. Despite this, cinemas were as popular as ever, including those in Queanbeyan and later in Canberra.