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.

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 http://www.nfsa.gov.au/about/corporate/

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 42 for June 2018 Our FACEBOOK site is here.

Our recent submission to the Federal Government' Inquiry on Canberra's National Institutions is here

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 20 July at 2:30pm at CMAG "SHOWGIRL'S LUCK" (aka TALKIE MAD)

Friday 20 July at 2:30pm at CMAG  "SHOWGIRL'S LUCK" (aka TALKIE MAD) Australia's very first screen musical (1931) is a landmark film. It starts with an apology and defies categorisation, but it is an archaeological treasure from the beginning of the sound era. It features weird special effects, amazing performances (we hear "Sentimental Bloke" Arthur Tauchert's voice in his only speaking role) and time warp documentary footage woven into the story, including the Zig Zag Railway and the Harbour Bridge under construction.  Shot in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, it is a short feature - 50 minutes - and for decades was a lost film. It was directed by Norman Dawn, who had previously made the epic For the Term of His Natural Life in 1927. NSFA friends and Canberra Museum And Gallery members free, or by gold coin donation. There is plenty of parking adjacent to the Canberra Museum and Gallery in Civic Square, or in the Canberra Centre. The bus interchange is close, too.

 
Friday 17 August at 2:30pm at CMAG "UNKNOWN FRANK HURLEY"

Friday 17 August at 2:30pm at CMAG  "UNKNOWN FRANK HURLEY" Adventurous cinematographer Frank Hurley is best remembered for his extraordinary work in Antarctica and Papua New Guinea, but his career was diverse. He was an official cameraman during World War I and did other freelance work. At Sydney's Cinesound Studio in the 1930s he turned his talents to feature films and travelogues. This will be a presentation of three of his quirky short documentaries Jewel of the Pacific (Lord Howe Island), The Australian Flight 1919 and Treasures of Katoomba: a ramble midst crags and dales. Hurley had an inimitable style, especially when he insisted on doing his own narrations. NSFA friends and Canberra Museum And Gallery members free, or by gold coin donation. There is plenty of parking adjacent to the Canberra Museum and Gallery in Civic Square, or in the Canberra Centre. The bus interchange is close, too.

 
Special Deals at NFSA for Members

See the Menu item on benefits to members for discounted tickets.