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Relive your Teenage Dream with a Swinging 60s night at the NFSA

On Friday 5 February the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will step back into the 1960s, with Teenage Dream 1966 – an evening of free retro entertainment.

Teenage Dream 1966 will offer something for everyone: from a swing dance demonstration by The Jumptown Katz, a 60s karaoke and costume competition, and a classic car display, to screenings of the forgotten Aussie film gem Funny Things Happen Down Under (featuring Olivia Newton-John) and a restored episode of The Go!! Show including vintage TV commercials and special guests.

The Go!! Show, known at the time as ‘Australia’s Swingin’est Teenage Show’, was Melbourne’s first teenage music program for the Beatles generation. The NFSA is screening episode 117 (originally broadcast on 28 November 1966), including local Canberra commercials from that era. It will be followed by a Q&A with stars of the show: Norman (Normie) Rowe and Patricia Amphlett (Little Pattie), and producer Dennis Smith. This screening is free, but bookings are essential and tickets are available online.

Normie Rowe said: ‘The Go!! Show started off with five people and ended up with an entire industry, spawning other television shows. It created a lot of stars.’

Throughout the evening, the NFSA Theatrette will show Olivia Newton-John first film, Funny Things Happen Down Under, in which a group of children try to save the wool shed they use as their headquarters. The film will be playing in a loop. Motorheads will enjoy a display of classic cars out the front of the NFSA, courtesy of the Canberra Vintage Car Club. There’s plenty to see, but also plenty to do.

Visitors will also re-discover their inner swinging 60s selves, and dance the night away with the local group The Jumptown Katz in the picturesque courtyard. They can also sing along to their favourite 60s tunes in The Front Room’s karaoke, and those who dress up in their favourite 60s outfit will have a chance to win prizes!

The Front Room café will be serving food and beverages to keep you swinging throughout the evening.

Free but bookings essential here.