NFSA Blog

Peter Finch at 100: from 2GB to the Oscars

On the centenary of Oscar-winning actor Peter Finch’s birth, we publish highlights from his early radio career in Australia.

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Dennis Cometti hangs up the microphone

Legendary AFL commentator Dennis Cometti retires at the end of the 2016 football season. In his oral history interview, he shares insights from his 40-year career in sports broadcasting.

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Split my ride: Building Malcolm’s car

As part of our 30th birthday celebration of Malcolm, we spoke with David Parker and Tony Mahood, two of the creative minds responsible for the film’s getaway car that splits in two.

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Malcolm makes his getaway: to the NFSA!

We are celebrating 30 years of the hit film Malcolm (1986) with a free pop-up exhibition including the largest item in our collection: the getaway car that splits in two.

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Good evening and welcome to television

To celebrate 60 years of television in Australia, we present an interview with Bruce Gyngell AO, famously the first face to ever grace our screens on 16 September 1956.

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Story of a homemade TV

Television is celebrating 60 years in Australia this week. This is the story of Sidney Oldroyd, who built a television set at home in 1956 that is still working today.

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Danny Dawson: Audiovisual Preservation Manager

Meet Danny Dawson, Audiovisual Preservation Manager at the NFSA.

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Cigars, para-sports and a love story

An Adelaide dentist and amateur filmmaker has donated almost 10 hours of footage which helps chronicle the Australian and international Paralympic movement in the 1970s and 80s. Curator Annie Breslin shares the story behind these films.

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Mel Gibson and Peter Weir on The Mike Walsh Show, 1981

On the anniversary of Gallipoli’s release in August 1981, we share this appearance of director Peter Weir and actors Mel Gibson and David Argue on The Mike Walsh Show.

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Fairlight: the instrument that invented sampling

In 1979 two young Australians invented the first Fairlight sampling synthesizer and changed electronic music forever. We have one in working condition!

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