Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

Curated by Jennifer Coombes and Penelope Grist

Friday 14 September Friday 30 November 2018

A collaborative project between the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Portrait Gallery, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits reveals never-before-seen stories of Australian cinema. Through photographic portraits, candid behind-the-scenes shots, rare film posters, casting books and original costumes, Starstruck celebrates the past and present of Australian filmincluding watershed moments in cinema and iconic visions of Australian lifeand also offers a glimpse into the experiences of the actors and crew. The exhibition explores how cinema portraiture can create a bridge between the magic of a movie’s fictional worlds and the realities of filmmaking.

A National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and National Portrait Gallery exhibition supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, presented by Samstag Museum of Art for the 2018 Adelaide Film Festival.



Wednesday 10 October, 5 – 6.30pm

Celebrate Australia's rich contribution to cinema with Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits and The Waiting Room! Opening remarks by film critic Margaret Pomeranz.


Tuesday 25 September, 5.30 – 6.30pm

Costuming for Film | NFSA curator Jenny Gall discusses the role of costume in the creation of film characters. After the talk, audiences are invited to Mercury Cinema for NFSA Restores: My Brilliant Career from 7pm.


Thursday 11 October, 1 – 2pm

Curators' Tour | Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits co-curators Penelope Grist (NPG) & Jennifer Coombes (NFSA) lead a tour of the exhibition, followed by an in conversation with photographer Matt Nettheim.


Saturday 13 October, 12 – 1pm

Scott Hicks | Hear from South Australian filmmaker Scott Hicks in conversation with Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits co-curators Penelope Grist (NPG) & Jennifer Coombes (NFSA).


Thursday 18 October, 5.30 – 7pm

Starstruck & The Waiting Room Discussion | Join us for a screening of Robert McFarlane: The Still Point followed by a discussion with photographer Robert McFarlane alongside filmmakers Molly Reynolds & Rolf de Heer.

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