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Oct 2020

Dawn Swane

Production designer Melinda Doring has donated her mother's unique collection of home movies, including never-before-seen footage of The Beatles.

By Tara Marynowsky / 29 Oct 2020
Documents
Film
Photographs
Television

NFSA Restores: The Cheaters

Restoring 'The Cheaters', a 1929 silent film by the pioneering McDonagh sisters.

By Tara Marynowsky / 12 Oct 2020
Film
Aug 2020

Deep Dive: Sunday Too Far Away Q&A

Listen to a Q&A with cast and crew members of the iconic Australian film Sunday Too Far Away. The film's star, Jack Thompson, turns 80 on 31 August 2020.

By Johnny Milner / 26 Aug 2020
Film

Australian History Timeline 2

The Australian History Timeline features over 90 film clips showcasing a unique collection of Australian history documentaries. Part 2 covers the 1900s to the 1940s.

Film
Television

We're open

We're excited to have reopened our doors in Canberra on 1 August with a special event – a booked-out Bluey pyjama party!

By Miguel Gonzalez / 11 Aug 2020
Television
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

Talking Pictures on Tour

In 1929, Hoyts – with help from Studebaker and the Shell Oil Company – loaded cinema sound equipment onto a truck so regional Australia could experience the latest in 'talking pictures'.

By Nathan Smith / 1 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

The McDonagh Sisters

For International Women's Day, we present a portrait of the pioneering Australian filmmakers, the McDonagh Sisters – Isabel, Paulette and Phyllis.

By Graham Shirley / 4 Mar 2020
Film
Photographs

McDonagh sisters' filming locations

Can you help us identify these Sydney locations from landmark 1920s films made by the McDonagh sisters?

By Graham Shirley / 4 Mar 2020
Film