Main image: Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat. Photograph by Ben King. Film: The Dressmaker, 2015. NFSA, courtesy Film Art Media.
The NFSA and the National Portrait Gallery have partnered on a forthcoming exhibition - Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits - which will present items from the NFSA collection at the Gallery.
Our heroes and ambassadors
The exhibition will feature images of beloved Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many of the photos have been preserved in our vast collection of publicity shots and behind-the-scenes stills and will be available to the public for the very first time.
Included are rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), My Brilliant Career (1979) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994).
Movie stars and celebrity culture are essential to the film industry and Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits examines how photographic portraits capture the elusive quality of stardom in relation to Australian actors and Australian-made movies from the earliest silent films to the present day.
Australian movie stars are both our heroes and our ambassadors and their movies are a representation of the lifestyle of the country that produced them.