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

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.


NEW SURVEY!! We would be grateful if you could answer this short survey to help us with our planning:

Our latest Newsletter is here Download Newsletter 38 for February 2017 Our FACEBOOK site is here.

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


Sunday 28 May 2017 Magical Musical Bus Tour of Moncrieff

Join the Friends of the NFSA on a mystery coach tour of the new suburb of Moncrieff (named after famous singer Gladys Moncrieff) – where all the streets are named after well-known Australian musical identities.

Our own well-known musical identity David Kilby, will be our guide, playing the songs and film clips to accompany his expert commentary as we cruise the streets, stopping en route for afternoon tea.

It’s the ‘Our Glad All Over’ Sunday Special!

Contact  Lindy Ross for details 0427 625 860. Book online here.

Deals at NFSA for Members


Wednesday Evening Screenings

You will see that the Sunday Screenings have finished, but have been replaced by Wednesday Screenings. Current financial members of the Friends will receive the same half price tickets that the NFSA offered us for the Sunday screenings. For online bookings, please use NFSAFRIENDS (and make sure you have your membership card or receipt with you at the screening, in case NFSA staff need to see it). Otherwise, please show your card at Reception if you buy over the counter.

The NFSA is also offering this Friends discount for all film in the Blacklisted Hollywood season in April - including those on Friday nights.

Graham Kennedy Retrospective (in May - check the booklet)

The NFSA is offereing a special FRIENDS BRING A FRIEND deal for the Graham Kennedy Retrospective. This means that anyone with a Friends membership can bring a +1 to the screening at the Friends rate.

Please note: This discount is only available for tickets bought from Reception (not online) on presentation of a Friends membership card.

So, some good deals for members at the NFSA during Autumn. If you are not currently financial, you may like to renew. Please reply to this email if you would like to renew or if are not sure whether you are still financial.

And, please watch your emails for our next special Friends event, which we are planning right now. Shh ... it's another mystery tour and all will be revealed soon.