Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive Australia

Welcome to the Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive Inc.


The National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra

Welcome to the website of The Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive Inc (FNFSA). The Friends is a group of volunteer advocates working to further the aims of the Archive and to encourage links between the Archive, the film and sound communities and the general community.

To learn more about the history of the FNFSA download Ray Edmonson's PhD thesis here.

Read the NFSA's 2015 summary:

A copy of Tony Buckley’s Address to Friends of the Archive AGM December 9, 2013 can be downloaded here.

The NFSA Draft Strategic Plan 2014/5-2016/17 full version and an Executive Summary at

For some interesting reading check out 'Your view: on museums, art and heritage', a magazine which brings together the experiences of a variety of people who get their kicks out of all things art and history, including an article on the NFSA by Friends committee member Lindy Ross. Download here.

Our latest Newsletter is here Download Newsletter 33 for January 2016

Transcript of the sad state of Cultural Organisations as recorded in Senate Estimates on 9 Feb 2016

Calling for volunteers. We are looking for people to join our friendly volunteer crew at the NFSA. If you like indexing, or working with databases, or reading film journals, this might be for you as our job is to index film journal articles for an international database. Training will be provided!
WHEN: Wednesdays, 2.30-4.30pm (you can offer weekly, fortnightly, monthly, ad hoc, as suits your schedule) WHERE: NFSA Library
Please note that the NFSA may not be able to accept everyone, as overall numbers need to be managed, and there is some formal paperwork to complete.
If you would like to take part or would like to find out more first, please email Sue at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Friday 27 May 5:30pm The Gumleaf Girls:Women in Early Australian Cinema.

Friday 27 May 5:30pm The Gumleaf Girls:Women in Early Australian Cinema. They could ride, muster, brand, pioneer bush settlements, endure fire, flood and drought; and with it all be helpmate, mother and lover.

Sometimes desperate, often defiant, and always brave, the girls of the bush were distinctive characters in early Australian cinema. Across four decades from 1910-1950 Australian film goers were treated to a succession of bush heroines in The Romantic Story of Margaret Catchpole (1911), A Girl of the Bush (1921), The Squatter’s Daughter (1933) and The Overlanders (1946). In these decades, too, the stalwart Rudd women took us onto their selection. This illustrated talk will saddle up with the actresses who rendered these memorable characters in scenes of action and adventure.

Presented by film historian, critic and broadcaster Marilyn Dooley. NFSA Theatrette. No bookings necessary. Free with gold coin donation to the Friends.