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The NFSA is Always Open Online

The NFSA is Always Open Online

Explore our collection online 24/7
 Noel Wheatley

We are committed to helping you discover all that we have to offer online.

Our website contains thousands of clips from our collection (from film, television, radio, music, oral history interviews and more) as well as still images, photos and scans of costumes, props, documents and memorabilia.

You can explore these in thematic curated collections or by doing a keyword search.

We have two YouTube channels, NFSA and NFSA Films, boasting over 1,200 videos including full-length documentaries spanning over 100 years of Australian stories.

Audiences around the world watched 8,254,980 minutes of footage on our channels between 1 March and 15 May 2020. That's the equivalent of 15 years of non-stop binge-watching!



We regularly add new content to the website, while also sharing content daily via our social media channels. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud and YouTube; social posts will help highlight key items from the collection along with unique and behind-the-scenes content.

You can also take a Deep Dive and listen to some of the best Q&As held onsite at the NFSA in Canberra. Or subscribe to our newsletter and stay tuned for news of upcoming NFSALivestream events.

So, stay safe, get comfortable and enjoy delving into all we have to offer online from the comfort of your own home.

If you like what you see, please share it using #NFSAOpenOnline


Discover Your Next Favourite Thing

For example, did you know we have content for:

Kids and animal lovers – with curated collections on Vintage Cats, Vintage Dogs, Australian Animals and Skippy

Sports fans – with collections on Aussie Rules, Rugby League, Tennis, Cricket, Skiing, Surfing, Summer Olympics Highlights, Australian Paralympians, the Commonwealth Games and more

Fashionistas – Explore everything from Vintage Fashion to Film Costumes and the Oscar-winning frocks of Priscilla

Amateur historians – explore content on True Crime, Australian True Crime Mysteries, Anzac Day, Australian Broadcast Technology, the Missing Prime Minister, the Last Man Hanged, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Stories with Warren Fahey, our National Treasures and an Australian History Timeline from the pre-1770s to the 2000s

Transport buffs – we have Trains, Planes and Automobiles in abundance, Public Transport and even Daredevil Motorcycle Chariots:

Motorcycle chariot race at the 1936 NSW Police Carnival, Movietone News, 7 March 1936.

Courtesy: Cinesound Movietone Productions. NFSA: 136981

Hundreds of Hours of Film and Sound

Music fans – we have online collections about Kylie MinogueJohnny O'Keefe, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes and Cold Chisel, and Archie Roach. Be inspired by the Black and Deadly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women of Music. Explore the history of Australian recorded sound, from the 19th to the 21st centuries, with the Sounds of Australia or take a journey through memorable Australian Film Music

Film buffs and cinephiles – we have you covered, with online collections about Muriel's Wedding, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Man from Snowy River, Crocodile Dundee, Mad Max, Mad Max 2, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Fury RoadStorm BoyStrictly Ballroom, Annette Kellerman, the McDonagh SistersHeath Ledger, Aussie films at the Oscars, Horror Films, Animated Short Films, Vintage Cinemas and much, much more

Fans of TV, radio and new media – discover TV icons like Young Talent TimePrisoner, Graham Kennedy, Homicide, Jeanne Little, Mike Walsh, Dame Edna Everage and Simon Townsend's Wonder World! or dip into News and Current Affairs, Vintage Ads, the comic antics of Martin/Molloy, Web Series, Retro GamingVintage Radio Dramas and Thriller Serials, or Diverse Radio

Anyone interested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures – see the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers and artists or learn about Eddie Mabo, David Gulpilil, Ruby Hunter, Djungguwan Ceremony and more

Lovers of Australiana – we dive into Australia in the 1960s and 1980s and there are time capsules for every capital city and biographical interviews with notable Australian women and men 

For anyone who doesn't like to be labelled – you can find collections on topics as diverse as Vintage Sound Equipment, Festival Posters, the Royal Family in Australia, Creativity in the Time of COVIDEarly Hollywood Movie Portraits, Ozploitation Films, Circuses and Clowns, the Beach, BBQs, Spirit Slides, Hawaiian Music, Feminist Films, Kids' Parties, Record Sleeves, Polish Film Posters, Wax Cylinders, Home Movies, Newsreels...

…and lots, lots more.


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