The National Film and Sound Archive has an ongoing program of special events, talks, films and exhibitions and a
daily screening program focusing on the theme of ‘Identity’. This program shows
films depicting the birth and development of our national identity and what it
means to be Australian.
Originally the Australian Institute
of Anatomy, the Art Deco style building dates from the 1930s and includes an exhibition
covering the history of Australian cinema and television, with costumes, sets,
artefacts, photographs, posters, publicity items, scripts, props, memorabilia
and vintage equipment. It also has two cinemas including the stylish Arc Cinema
with a regular program of Australian classic and cult movies.
This is one of our very favourite
places in Canberra. I was fascinated by the fact that the first Australian in
Hollywood was a guy called J.P McGowan, a veteran of the Boer War who made over
200 films and gave John Wayne one of his first starring roles. As Michael Caine
would say, “not many people know that”.
And I would say that not enough people know about the National Film and