The National Film and Sound Archive has designed a special program to complement the new Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits exhibition, which celebrates the incredible film history of Australia.
Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits is a new exhibition at the NFSA, and takes a look at the beautiful, prominent portraiture that has resulted from 100 years of Australian film.
Featuring classic Australian films, as well as some special guests, the Starstruck program has something for everyone. These events have been specially curated to communicate the famous and behind-the-scenes tales of some of the most prolific Australian films.
Iconic film composer, Bruce Smeaton, will be appearing for a talk on 8 December, while director Rolf de Heer will be participating in a Q&A after a screening of his 2002 flick The Tracker
Filmmaker Ann Turner will be paying a visit on 17 November, participating in a Q&A session after a screening of her film Celia (1989). On 6 January, an NFSA restoration of Gillian Armstrong’s Starstruck (1982) will run, and on January 14 a special premiere of the restoration of The Cheaters (1930) will run.
Rev-heads will be pleased to hear about the special Summernats-themed event on January 3, where the afternoon will be spent playing iconic car films, including Eric Bana’s Love the Beast.
Other notable events on the Starstruck roster include: Gael Newton’s discussion of the importance of on-set photographers; film historian Dr Andrew Pike’s analysis of Chips Rafferty, a man described as the ‘typical Australian’; and a conversation with director Richard Lowenstein, who will be speaking about his transition from music videos to feature films.
Starstruck will be on display at the NFSA from 10 November 2017 – 4 March 2018, and is presented in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery.
Main image: Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat. Photograph by Ben King. Film: The Dressmaker, 2015. NFSA, courtesy Film Art Media.