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Jun 2019

Anzac Sights and Sounds

New film and sound recordings have been added to the Anzac Sight Sound website to coincide with the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June, contributing to the final phase of First World War commemorations.

By Stephen Groenewegen / 27 Jun 2019
Film
Sound
May 2019

Cinema Glass Slides – Political Ads

The NFSA collection contains over 100 political glass slide advertisements from 1917 to 1976.

By Michelle Davenport / 31 May 2019
Object

Indigenous Filmmaking: A Short History

Within a generation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers have become a vibrant presence in the centre of filmmaking in Australia.

By Liz McNiven / 27 May 2019
Film
Television
Jan 2019

Constructing Australia: Pipe Dreams

Construction of the Perth to Coolgardie Water Scheme is a story of personal tragedy, political rivalries, corruption and trial by media that nearly tore apart Australia at the moment of its birth.

Film
Sep 2018

A Portrait of Pearl

Jennifer Coombes explores the life of Pearl Schweig, an actress from the 1930s Cinesound casting books who features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

By Jennifer Coombes / 10 Sep 2018
Film
Object
Photographs
Aug 2018

The McDonagh Sisters

A portrait of the pioneering filmmakers, The McDonagh Sisters - Isabel, Paulette and Phyllis. NFSA Restores: The Cheaters screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2018.

By Graham Shirley / 9 Aug 2018
Film
Photographs
Apr 2018

Anzac films restored

The NFSA has supplied hundreds of ultra-high definition clips to the Sir John Monash Centre in France, including the restored The Digger Carries On (1919).

By Simon Drake / 23 Apr 2018
Film

Famous Australian aviators

The first trans-Arctic flight took place 90 years ago. It's one of many memorable flying feats chronicled in our new Early Aviators curated collection.

By Jeff Wray / 9 Apr 2018
Film
Feb 2018

Newscaf: Apology to the Stolen Generations

The prime minister apologised to Australia's Indigenous peoples on 13 February 2008. We revisit the story through footage from the NFSA News and Current Affairs Program.

By Adam Blackshaw / 12 Feb 2018
Television
Dec 2017

Harold Holt's disappearance

The disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt, on 17 December 1967, remains one of Australia’s greatest mysteries.

By Adam Blackshaw / 12 Dec 2017
Film
Television