NFSA CBR | 24 Nov

Fright Night Cult Classics with Venus Mantrap

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Fright Night – Cult Classics with Venus Mantrap: Videodrome

Arc Cinema presents a series of Friday night filmic feasts hosted by Venus Mantrap – local drag artist and culture warrior. Fright Night: Cult Cinema Classics at the NFSA will plumb the archives to showcase cinema with bite, edgy movies and fan favourites – films that unnerve, push buttons, ask questions and just look good on the big screen!

If you're a sucker for nostalgia or curious about forgotten gems, join Venus as we venture into the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond – with special guests, surprise performances, trivia and best-dressed contests. Gather your tribe of rowdy rebels and misfits and join Venus for Fright Night!

GET TICKETS $12 / $10


  • The Lost Boys (1987) - 23 June, 8pm
  • The Hunger (1983) - 26 May, 8pm
  • Robocop (1987), 35mm - 28 July, 9pm
  • Videodrome (1983) - 25 August, 8pm
  • The Truman Show (1998), 35mm - 22 September, 8pm
  • Halloween Double Feature - 28 October ($18/$15 for a double pass or $12/$10 individually):
    — Scream (1996), 35mm - 7pm & Scream VI (2023) - 9:30pm
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981) - 24 November, 8pm


Venus Mantrap is an androgynous construct whose roots are firmly planted in the world of drag. Exploring aspects of cabaret, performance art and comedy during live shows, Mantrap has produced The Bowie Ball and starred in two one-person-shows: Life, Love and Lip Syncing and Valley of the Molls.

Venus is regularly found at Smith's Alternative as the MC of Cabaret Voltaireand has been a featured artist at Glitterbox, LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club, Drag Cabaret and Finucane and Smith's touring show Dancehall. Follow them on Instagram at @the_venus_mantrap

Life • Love • Lip Syncing on Ngunawal | Ngambri country

Venus Mantrap @the_venus_mantrap
Host of FRIGHT NIGHT @nfsaonline
Emcee SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION @smithsalternative



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