Exhibitions and presentations

Explore Australian audiovisual history through exhibitions at the NFSA and online

Online Exhibition:

Priscilla: 20 Years Young

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of an Australian icon with behind-the-scenes photographs of the Oscar-winning costumes from The Adventure of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Watch interviews with costume designer Tim Chappel, and see posters, photographs and production documents from the NFSA collection.

From 6 January 2014, Liversidge Street Foyer
Go behind the scenes with never-before-seen photographs from iconic Australian films including Sunday Too Far Away and Storm Boy. Proudly presented by the South Australian Film Corporation with project partners the NFSA, Atkins Technicolour and DAMsmart.

Exhibition Gallery:

Black and Deadly

Indigenous music and dance are an integral part of ongoing traditional cultural practice. Explore our timeline of Indigenous women in music in the Exhibition Gallery.

Fractured Heart is an interactive sound and light sculpture at the leading edge of projection technology. A collaboration between singer-songwriter Gotye ('Somebody That I Used to Know’) and Illuminart Productions, Gotye launched Fractured Heart at the NFSA on 15 February 2013.

Tegan the Vegan

Tegan the Vegan (2011) is an award-winning animated short film made by Queanbeyan animator and filmmaker Marisa Martin. See beautifully crafted miniature sets, puppets made from polymer clay, hand-drawn shot lists and extracts from the film, on display in the Exhibition Gallery.

100 years of Australian film and sound

An interactive exhibition covering 100 years of Australian film, television, radio and recorded sound. Through video compilations and touch screen programs, discover the stories of the people who have created the sights and sounds of our imagination over the past century – actors, writers, inventors, radio stars, singers and more.

Pause and Play

Pause and Play introduces children aged three to nine years to music and the moving image. Draw your very own film strip, make a thaumatrope or learn about musical instruments. Look at a family tree of film and sound and discover the audiovisual equipment that your parents or grandparents would have used.

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