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May 2019

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
May 2018

Newscaf: Reconciliation Walk

A look back at the historic Walk for Reconciliation across the Sydney Harbour Bridge on 28 May 2000, through footage from the NFSA News and Current Affairs Program.

By Mel Bondfield / 24 May 2018
Television
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
Jul 2016

TV history

Fifty years ago, on 21 June 1966, Australia was shocked when Labor and Opposition Leader Arthur Calwell was shot at close range by 19-year-old Peter Kocan.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 22 Jul 2016
Television
Nov 2015

'The Dismissal' footage

Forty years after the dismissal of the Whitlam Government, we look at the NFSA's digital preservation of the surviving original news footage.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 11 Nov 2015
Oral History
Television

The Dismissal: through the news camera lens

On the 40th anniversary of the Governor-General's dismissal of the Whitlam Government, we look at the unfolding events of the day from the perspective of two camera operators who filmed them.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 9 Nov 2015
Oral History
Television
Dec 2014

2014 at the NFSA, Part 2

Tens of thousands of items are collected by the NFSA each year. What did we collect in 2014? Part 2 includes wild sounds, rock stars, Indigenous music and Mardi Gras.

By Adam Blackshaw / 29 Dec 2014
Oral History
Radio
Sound
Television

A Star Wars Connection

Grace Barrand, a recent volunteer at the NFSA’s Melbourne office, uncovers the surprising connection between Australia's first community TV station and 'Star Wars'.

By Grace Barrand / 11 Dec 2014
Television
Dec 2011

Keeping Our Story

A personal perspective on the early days of remote Indigenous media groups.

By Chris Guster / 21 Dec 2011
Film
Oral History
Radio
Sound
Television