BOOK CLUB: LITTLE WOMEN (2019) + Discussion
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BOOK CLUB: LITTLE WOMEN (2019) + Discussion

Sun 26 May 1:00 PM
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Arc Cinema
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Close Captioned
Allocated Seating
135 Mins | Book Club
2019 DCP| US | D: Greta Gerwig
Closed Captions and Audio Description available  
Greta Gerwig offers a fresh interpretation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story, bringing the March sisters to life for a new generation. Little Women reunites Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet – stars of Gerwig’s breakout hit, Ladybird (2017) – along with heavyweights Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scalan and Laura Dern. 
Gerwig’s critically acclaimed adaptation of this coming-of-age novel is both boldly 21st century and richly true to its period roots.  
Like any good novelist and every great filmmaker, Gerwig isn’t afraid to let her audience work a little. She trusts our intelligence and our curiosity, and also her own command of the medium’ – The New York Times 
The screening will be followed by a discussion of Louisa May Alcott’s novel and the film adaptations directed by Gillian Armstrong (1994) and Greta Gerwig (2019) with special guests Gillian Armstrong AM and Dr James McNamara. 


Gillian Armstrong AM is an acclaimed Australian film director. Notable works include Starstruck, Mrs Soffel, High Tide, The Last Days of Chez Nous, Little Women, Oscar and Lucinda, Charlotte Gray, Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst, Death Defying Acts, and Love, Lust and Lies. Armstrong first garnered attention for her debut feature, My Brilliant Career (1979), adapted from the Miles Franklin novel. Since then, her work has been nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards and has screened at numerous international film festivals including Berlin, Singapore, Sundance and Cannes. Armstrong was the first President of the Australian Director’s Guild. She has received an AM for services to the Australian film industry, a Doctor of Letters from the University of NSW and the University of Sydney, and an Honorary Doctorate in Film from Swinburne University. 


Dr James McNamara is the creator and Co-Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed television series The Artful Dodger, for Disney+ and Hulu. He is also the creator and Executive Producer of Detective Cooper, an international television drama for Goalpost Pictures and Quizzical Pictures. Other recent work includes writing, producing and directing an audio series with Princess Pictures for Audible, as well as television writers’ rooms for See Saw Films, Matchbox Pictures/NBC Universal, Foxtel, ABC and Endemol Shine. McNamara lectures in film and media studies at the University of California, specialising in adaptation studies – with a particular interest in screen adaptations of Shakespeare. He holds a doctorate in English from Oxford, as well as degrees in English and Law from the University of Western Australia and in screenwriting from AFTRS.
A discounted double film pass is available to see both Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 Little Women (19 May) and Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation (26 May). Learn more 

discounted season pass is available for the Book Club at the NFSA program. Learn more

Closed captioning and audio description services at the NFSA are provided using Dolby Accessibility Solution receivers. There are 15 receivers available for use at selected screenings.  

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  • Any receivers that have not been booked will be available at Reception prior to the screening. 
  • Receivers are allocated on a first come, first served basis.  
How to collect your receiver 
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time of your screening to collect your receiver from NFSA Reception (McCoy Circuit entrance).   
  • An NFSA staff member will set up your receiver and show you how to use it if needed. 
  • Headphones are provided, but you may bring and use your own headphones if you prefer (they must have a 3.5mm headphone jack).

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