Life Through the Lens
This photographic display highlights just a few of the 3,000 Commonwealth documentaries and educational short films in the Film Australia Collection, which recorded life as it was lived in Australia during the 20th century.
Film Australia was one of the nation's leading producers of documentaries and educational programs. From 1913–2008 it served as a training ground for some of the biggest names in Australia's film industry. Fred Schepisi, Phillip Noyce, Peter Weir, Dean Semler, Anthony Buckley, Jan Sharp, Gillian Armstrong, Tim Burstall and many others developed their early careers at Film Australia.
The NFSA is the proud custodian of the Film Australia Collection, preserving and providing access to the nation's documentary record – our collective memory. The works in this photographic display are still frames taken during the production of the films.