Documenting a nation in lockdown

The NFSA is collecting a diverse range of audiovisual material created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.

In 2020, the world as we knew it changed. Australians moved quickly to a 'new normal' that included quarantines, self-isolation and lockdown periods.

During this time, people responded to the effects of COVID-19 in many ways – to connect with others, stave off boredom and engage with their own sense of creativity. 

This collection includes some of those creative responses, as reflected in news reports from 2020 but also in drag queen lip syncs, comedic cooking videos and heartwarming web series.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons.

Main image: Melbourne's Eastern Freeway (M3) near Abbotsford, during COVID-19 lockdown. Courtesy Jamie van Leeuwen