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.


Could member Stephen Anderson please contact us.

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 has been released. The full version and an Executive Summary at

The Friends have made a submission to the Strategic Review. Read it here.


Wednesday 3 September 6pm - Reel McCoy screening of "Smithy"

Free admission for Friends of NFSA


September 3
(Australia 1946) 114 min. DVD
Director Ken G. Hall
Cast Ron Randell, Muriel Steinbeck, John Tate, Joy Nichols

Introduced by Ray Edmondson, President

Smithy is a landmark Australian film biography of the legendary aviator Charles Kingsford Smith. The Australian film studio Cinesound and director Ken G. Hall had a history of producing popular, successful feature films and this is no exception. Modelled on the style of the sumptuous Hollywood biopic, Smithy follows the young aviator in his quest for perfection, culminating in his famous trans-Pacific flight.