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Jun 2021

The Cultural Icons

Canberra is home to 12 of Australia’s most iconic cultural institutions. And for the first time in history, these icons are collaborating to give 12 unique perspectives of Australia’s story.

Film
Photographs

Twelve Canoes

Twelve Canoes paints a compelling portrait of the history, culture and place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Film
Photographs
Sound
Feb 2021

Exploring Australian Film Music

Explore one of the more under-appreciated dimensions of cinema through our Australian Film Music curated collection.

By Johnny Milner / 16 Feb 2021
Film
Sep 2020

Before They Were Famous: Joan Sutherland

It was 70 years ago – on 10 September 1950 – that the 23-year-old Joan Sutherland won a major singing competition that helped set her on the road to international stardom.

By Adam Blackshaw / 8 Sep 2020
Radio
Sound
Aug 2020

Gender Roles in 1940s Ads

A look back at the portrayal of women and men as homemakers and breadwinners in cinema advertising from the 1940s.

By Mel Bondfield / 7 Aug 2020
Film
Jul 2020

Sharing the NFSA collection

Discover the many ways you can access our collection. You’ll be surprised of how much is available – onsite, online and elsewhere!

By Miguel Gonzalez / 23 Jul 2020
Film
Apr 2020

Australia's first Oscar

The first Academy Award ever won by an Australian is in the NFSA collection.

By Beth Taylor / 17 Apr 2020
Documents
Film

Anzac Day Marches

As public gatherings to commemorate Anzac Day in 2020 are not going ahead because of COVID-19, we're sharing home movies of marches from Anzac Day in 1933, 1946 and 1980.

By Heather Gill / 15 Apr 2020
Film
Mar 2020

The NFSA is Always Open Online

The NFSA is always open online, with our collection available to be explored 24/7.

By Noel Wheatley / 23 Mar 2020
Documents
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Posters
Radio
Sound
Television
Feb 2020

Bradman in Colour

A recently donated film reveals the only known colour footage of Sir Donald Bradman playing cricket.

By Jeff Wray / 21 Feb 2020
Film