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Winter heats up at the NFSA with a huge line-up of events

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As the temperature begins to drop, we’re all about finding ways to socialise without facing the elements.

And that’s never been easier at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). With a huge line-up of autumn and winter events, there’s never been a better time to step inside its (well-heated) art deco façade.

Karina Libbey, Manager for Programs and Visitor Experience, says the NFSA’s stylish new The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition has given the team ample inspiration when it came to curating the program for autumn and winter.

“We wanted to be inspired by the transformative power of fashion, as that’s what The Dressmaker is all about,” says Karina. “This focus on ‘power dressers’ lets us look at many well-known Australian costume designers as a celebration of esteemed designers such as Sandy Powell, Catherine Martin and Marion Boyce.”

This common thread—paired with the opportunity to partner with the Sydney Film Festival—inspired Karina and her team to create a female-focused program for the cooler months, with plenty of ways to celebrate pioneering female filmmakers. There’s also a special program of events for National Reconciliation Week 2019, centred around experiential VR piece Carriberrie.

So, what are you waiting for? Here are some ideas to get you started.


During National Reconciliation Week, there’s never been a better time to see one of the most impressive tributes to Indigenous dance ever created in Australia.

An immersive virtual reality experience, Carriberrie takes you across Australia on a journey told through dance. Featuring 156 dancers, nine cultural groups and 35 performances, Carriberrie is a joyous celebration of the depth and diversity of Indigenous culture.

To celebrate National Reconciliation Week, you can see Carriberrie on the big screen, participate in a dance lesson with Arakwal Gumberin Bundjalung woman Delta Kay (pictured above, whose performance features in Carriberrie) and meet the makers in a special event on Saturday 1 June.

Happening until 21 July |



Judy Davis in High Tide.

Featuring trailblazing female directors such as Paulette McDonagh, Gillian Armstrong and Jennifer Kent, enjoy films on the big screen—handpicked by celluloid luminary David Stratton himself.

Presented in partnership with the Sydney Film Festival, Essential Australian Women Directors looks back on Australia’s rich history of female filmmaking while revisiting films like My Brilliant Career, High Tide, Beautiful Kate and Sweetie.

Happening across June and July |


The Dressmaker Sarah Snook (Trudy), Hayley Magnus (Prudence), Amanda Woodhams (Nancy), Tracy Harvey (Lois) and Rebecca Gibney (Muriel). Photographer: Ben King.

Have you taken a trip to Dungatar yet? Don’t have any idea what that means? It’s time to find out.

Released in 2015, The Dressmaker is a sumptuous gem of a film where Kate Winslet, Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving share the spotlight with the iconic costumes of Marion Boyce.

The film follows the story of Tilly Dunnage, a couture dressmaker who returns to her outback hometown of Dungatar looking for answers after a childhood tragedy. A wickedly dark comedy, The Dressmaker is about forgiveness, innocence, revenge and the transformative power of fashion set in 1950s rural Australia—with a serious couture kick.

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition allows guests to step into the glittering wardrobe of the film and see garments worn by Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving. What’s more, each Friday there is a free floor talk at 1 pm.

Happening until 18 August | $7-13 |


Can’t say no to a film with great clothes? Revisit some of the most stylish costuming in Australian film during the Power Dressers Film Season.

Drawing on the epic costuming of The Dressmaker (whose costume designer, Marion Boyce, you can catch in conversation on 16 August), this film season presents films with a fashionable twist such as Moulin Rouge!, Carol, Some Like It Hot and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. So grab your tickets, frock up and rock up.

Happening across July |

Feature image: Delta Kay. Image supplied.

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