A special film-screening with live musical accompaniment, the 13th awarding of the National Folk Recording Award, more versions, hopefully, of Canberra’s Calling to You, and a retrospective by the iconic Canberra songsmith, Fred Smith, of his two NFSA award-winning albums.
These will be the highlights as the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA), and its incredible collection of Australia’s audiovisual history, again features strongly at this year’s National Folk Festival, held in Canberra over the Easter weekend.
. The special screening, Saturday 3pm, will feature eight films from the amazing Corrick Collection. The Corrick Collection is a treasure trove of 130 films made between 1900-1914. They were collected by the Corrick Family Entertainers, a troupe of performers who toured the Australian variety circuit from 1897. Produced in Europe, America, and with a number actually filmed by the Corricks themselves in Australia, the films present fantasy, travel, drama, comedy and special effects.
The screening of the rare films will have a live piano accompaniment by silent film specialist Elaine Loebenstein.