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NFSA Restores is an exciting digital restoration program to revive our cinema icons. We use the best available original picture and sound materials to digitise, restore and preserve, at the highest archival standards, cult and classic Australian films, so they can be enjoyed in today's cinemas.
But there are thousands of 16mm and 35mm prints facing deterioration and digital restoration is highly specialised work, with a single film costing anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000.
We're always working to preserve Australia's audiovisual collection and make it available to as many people as possible. But we can do so much more with your help.
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'The NFSA has just completed a digital restoration of my film The Year My Voice Broke. Made 30 years ago, the negative in a few places was already showing early signs of degrading, and if this preservation work had not been undertaken, sections may well have been irretrievably lost. Thanks to the care and meticulous attention to detail of Senior Curator Gayle Lake and her team, a definitive and very beautiful digital version of the film will now be preserved, and I am delighted that it will be premiered as part of the 2017 Sydney Film Festival. The work of film preservation is of incalculable value to our culture. Without it whole swathes of our film heritage, including classics from the relatively recent past, may, sooner than we think, be lost forever'. Writer-director John Duigan
The NFSA restoration of The Year My Voice Broke (1987) premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in June 2017.
Learn more on our NFSA Restores page.
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