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Mar 2019

Wake in Fright: 2009 Restoration

For years the negative of Wake in Fright (1971) was thought to be lost forever. Here is the story behind the restoration and re-release of the classic Australian film.

Film
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
Aug 2016

Fairlight

In 1979 two young Australians invented the first Fairlight sampling synthesizer and changed electronic music forever. We have one in working condition!

By Beth Taylor / 29 Aug 2016
Object
Jul 2016

Proof restoration

Our digital restoration of Proof premieres tonight at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It’s been a long road, but it was absolutely worth it!

By Gayle Lake / 29 Jul 2016
Film
Jun 2016

NFSA Restores Bliss

Ahead of its premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, Tara Fedoriw-Morris recounts the journey of Ray Lawrence's Bliss (1985) back to the big screen, thanks to NFSA Restores.

By Tara Fedoriw-Morris / 8 Jun 2016
Film
Mar 2016

Preserving Tollywood

Mick Newnham and Shingo Ishikawa recently travelled to India, to provide training. In the end, they learned something too.

Film
Feb 2016

Time to go troppo

Film Curator Heather Gill looks at the legacy of short-film festival Tropfest.

By Heather Gill / 9 Feb 2016
Film
Posters
Nov 2015

Glass Slides

Through this glass slide we catch a glimpse of a European perspective of Australia, circa 1895.

By Beth Taylor / 30 Nov 2015
Film
Object
Sep 2014

Donation of rare disc

The first known Australian to make a commercially released recording, the long forgotten Syria Lamonte, is now preserved by the NFSA thanks to the kind donation of an 1898 recording acquired by Roger Neill.

By Tamara Osicka / 15 Sep 2014
Object
Sound
Jul 2014

Do Frenchmen play Cricket?

Film curator Sally Jackson investigates the makers of the world's first cricket films, shot in Australia in 1897.

By Sally Jackson / 3 Jul 2014
Film
Photographs