Classics back on the big screen

NFSA Restores is an exciting program that seeks to digitise, restore and preserve Australian films so they can be seen in today’s digital cinemas.

Restored feature films include: Sons of Matthew (1949), Sunday Too Far Away (1975), Storm Boy (1976), Newsfront (1978), My Brilliant Career (1979), The Odd Angry Shot (1979), Starstruck (1982), Bliss (1985), The Year My Voice Broke (1987), Howling III: The Marsupials (1987), Shame (1988), Celia (1989), Flirting (1990), Black Robe (1991), Proof (1991) and Floating Life (1996). Proof was restored with the public’s help through a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Restored silent films include: The Sentimental Bloke (1919), The Man from Kangaroo (1919), The Empire Builders (USA, 1924), The Sword of Valor (USA, 1924), Three Days to Live (USA, 1924) and The Cheaters (1929).

Restored documentaries include: My Survival as an Aboriginal (1978), Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters (1980), Rocking the Foundations (1985), Australia Daze (1988), Eternity (1994) and Mabo: Life of an Island Man (1997).

All of the new restorations have screened at various film festivals and events.

WARNING: this collection may contain names, images or voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Main image: Floating Life (Clara Law, Australia, 1996).