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Film critic David Stratton introduces the ESSENTIAL BERGMAN retrospective of 10 classic fims by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.
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The Basics rehearsing at the NFSA. Read more about their wax cylinder recording:
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This is an extraordinary experience ! It sounds like those two girls or those three guys had travelled in time and space ! Is it the reason why the result is so intensely moving ? Without joking, it brought tears in my eyes !
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The original 'Muriel's Wedding' trailer, which screened prior to the film's release in Australian cinemas on 29 September 1994.
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Welcome to the NFSA’s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room.

Explore the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on our 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on our listening posts.

Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room.

Open 9am-5pm, weekdays only
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An exclusive deleted scene from the classic Australian film MURIEL'S WEDDING. Mariel (Muriel) hears about (and enjoys) the media interest generated by her wedding.
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This short film explores key points in the history of the magic lantern and the special effects invented to create animation. It features authentic pre-cinema items from the NFSA collection collection. 
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ESSENTIAL BERGMAN - Curated by David Stratton, coming to the NFSA's Arc cinema in June-July 2015.
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A new trailer for the NFSA.
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A sequence from 'Muriels Hochzeit', the dubbed German language version of 'Muriel's Wedding'. 
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The NFSA will be closed from 25 December 2014 – 1 January 2015 inclusive, and open from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on 2 January 2015. Regular opening hours resume on Monday 5 January 2015.
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Rehearsing the scene where Muriel runs into Rhonda at Hibiscus Island. Exclusive on-set footage, part of the NFSA online exhibition:
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Part 2 of an exclusive MURIEL'S WEDDING deleted scene. Mariel's (Muriel) husband David is jealous of the attention she's receiving, and angry about her lack of culinary skills.
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"The NFSA is and a great experience for film lovers young and old."
"A glass of wine before watching films in the Arc Cinema is pretty nice too."
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Glenice Tulip
4 months ago
I made a special trip to Canberra to visit the archive- horror of horrors! Closed at the weekend! What nonsense is this? A unique facility, which attracts visitors from across the world closed at the weekend?
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Glenice, we appreciate your feedback. Our opening hours are stated on our website: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Bench Room cafe closes at 3:00 pm. Open Friday nights, weekends and public holidays for advertised events. See What’s On calendar for details. We are also available via Facebook and Twitter to help the public plan their visit and answer their questions. We apologise for the inconvenience.
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Lee Shipley
6 months ago
A better standard Cafe than any of the commercial cinemmas with an unusual, art nouveau courtyard setting. Always interesting movies out of mainstream.
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Debra Gavranich
6 months ago
terrible. due to lack of funding nothing much to see. visited 5 years ago and loved the collection it had. no longer available
Response from the owner - in the last week
Hi Debra. We have a free program of films screening through the day, a space with vintage TV and radios playing classic shows, and seasonal programs of screenings and special events. Some are free, others ticketed. Our collection of 2.4 million items is still preserved at the highest standards.
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Kim T
7 months ago
Ok place to visit. Cafe closes early. Library was not open access, which means you have to book appointments to see it.
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Tom Menz
2 weeks ago
Nice old building, good vibes, plays the film festivals.
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Donny Pasaribu
2 months ago
The cinema layout is inconvenient. First five rows have the same height.
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Geza Batiz
6 months ago
It was okay but not great. I only went to see the dresses from the movie, Picnic at Hanging Rock. I don't remember much more from my visit...
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Tao Do
a week ago
Good for a short trip