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Australia Day at the NFSA

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is the place to be this Australia Day, with a program full of Aussie movie and TV classics on the big screen, an Aussie-themed menu including a sausage sizzle, Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown party in the sunny courtyard, a mini exhibition of costumes and props from the digitally restored film Starstruck, and a Q&A with its director, the acclaimed filmmaker Gillian Armstrong.

The big screen classics include the hit films Crocodile Dundee and The Castle, as well as the 1966 comedy They’re a weird Mob (Tickets $5 each, available online).

The evening continues with a screening of Starstruck ($14/12). Re-discover an Australian musical that was ahead of its time, now digitally restored by the NFSA, and join director Gillian Armstrong, for a special Q&A session. Don’t miss the Australia Day-only mini-exhibition, featuring original costumes and other items from the film, and dress up in your favourite 1980s outfit for your chance to win prizes!

Gillian Armstrong said: ‘Producer David Elfick and I couldn’t be more delighted that the NFSA chose to restore Starstruck. The new digital print and remastered soundtrack are vibrant, colourful and wonderful.’

The Australia Day event will be Canberra’s best option, filled with family films, entertainment and the ultimate guide for any new Australian citizen. The Bench Room café will be selling food and beverages through the afternoon, including a sausage sizzle BBQ. The sunny courtyard will be broadcasting the annual Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown to keep you up to date on the favourite songs of 2015 while enjoying the sunshine.

Throughout the day, the Theatrette will also show episodes of the iconic Australian TV program Skippy (free, no booking necessary).

TICKETS

12 noon – 5pm: Skippy, FREE in the Theatrette

12 noon: Crocodile Dundee (1986, 97mins, M), $5, www.trybooking.com/JJEW

2pm: The Castle (1997, 85mins, M), $5, www.trybooking.com/JJFC

4pm: They’re a Weird Mob (1966, 112mins, G), $5, www.trybooking/JJFF

6.30pm: Starstruck (1982, 105min, PG), $14, www.trybooking.com/JJFJ . Followed by a Q&A with Gillian Armstrong

All day: Day pass for all four films $20, www.trybooking.com/JYHV