Don’s October 2015 calendar

What’s On: late October:

Tuesday 27 October, 6 p.m., University House ANU. Book launch, Australia in 1980, by Assoc. Prof. Frank Bongiorno.

Thursday 29 October to 18 November, Palace Cinema, Acton. British Film Festival.

29 October, 6 p.m., Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture, Barton. “Countering Racism in the Media”, by Stan Grant.

Friday 30 October to 1st November. Oktoberfest at Exhibition Park.

30 October, 7 p.m., Rugby Union Club, Turner. “Retro Invasion – DJs & Life Music – Back to the 1980s”.

30 October, 6.30 p.m., Palace Cinema. “Absolutely Anything”, featuring most of the Monty Python stars (part of the British Film Festival).

30 October, 9.15 to 4 pm. Parliament House Main Committee Room. Free seminar on Magna Carta. RSVP 6277 3078. Speakers include Dyson Heydon, Jim Spigelman, David Headon, Des Manderson, George Brandis.

30 October, 5.30 p.m. National Film & Sound Archive. Lyn Mills’ memories, “A Social Butterfly in Bogong Territory”.

30 October, 6 p.m. University House, ANU. Dinner: “Eat, drink, & be literary with Kerry O’Brien”.

Saturday 31 October, Palace Cinema. “Suffragettes”, starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan (British Film Festival).


Wednesday 4 November, 6 p.m. Manning Clark theatre, ANU. Book Launch, Big Blue Sky, by Peter Garratt. RSVP 6125 8415

4 November, Manuka Cinema. 6.30. Opening night, Russian Film Festival (4 – 11 Nov.): opening night, “Battle for Sevastopol”.

7-8 November, Queanbeyan Show.

9 November, 5.30 p.m., National Library. Peter Stanley et al. on the “Great War 1914-1918 at Home”.

5 – 15 November, National Film & Sound Archive. Canberra International Film Festival.

Thursday 12 November, 7 p.m. NLA Theatre. “First Dog on the Moon”, $30. RSVP (02) 8076 8431.

16 November, 6 p.m., National Library. Geraldine Brooks, “The Secret Chord – King David”. $20. RSVP 6262 1271.

19 November, 6 p.m. Woden Tradies Club. Joe Hill Centenary, US Folk singer George Mann.

20 November, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. NLA Theatre. Free seminar on Xavier Herbert, “Forgotten or Repressed”. Herbert assumed a bushman/crusader persona as he crafted his great Australian novels, such as Capricornia (1938), the best known among them. This seminar examines his legacy, 40 years after Poor Fellow My Country (1975) won the Miles Franklin Prize for Australian Literature.

24 November, 6 p.m., National Library. Free Bluegrass concert.

27 November, 5.30 p.m., National Film & Sound Archive. Richard Keys, Memories of a Film Camera Man.


2 December, 5.30 p.m. China in the World auditorium, ANU. “When China Met Africa”, film.

4 December to 28 March 2016, National Gallery. Tom Roberts exhibition.

Sunday 6 December, 12 noon, Lennox Park behind the Hyatt Hotel.  BYO lunch and drinks at the Spanish Civil War Monument. RSVP 6282 4747.

8-16 December, Canberra Theatre, “The Illusionists.

Sunday 20 December, 3 p.m. Palace Cinema. “White Christmas”, 1954, starring Bing Crosby et al.


And check out Bob Ellis’s Table Talk website,, on current affairs.