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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

Hail, Caesar! Canine Hollywood Hero

Meet the Australian star who worked opposite Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and the Marx Brothers in 1930s Hollywood – Caesar, the Alsatian dog from Belka, WA.

By Jeff Wray / 22 Aug 2018
Film
Photographs
Posters
May 2018

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Marking the 80th anniversary of 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' starring Errol Flynn.

By Tenille Hands / 11 May 2018
Film
Posters
Apr 2018

Casting Diana Du Cane

The granddaughter of actress Diana Du Cane contacted us after seeing her grandmother in one of the Cinesound casting books featured in the Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits exhibition.

By Jennifer Coombes / 11 Apr 2018
Film
Object
Mar 2018

Rachel Ward on The Thorn Birds

To mark 35 years since the premiere of The Thorn Birds mini-series, we take a look at the original costume design sketches in the NFSA collection and talk to Rachel Ward.

By Tenille Hands / 26 Mar 2018
Object
Television
Oct 2017

Starstruck casting books

These 1930s Cinesound casting books form the heart of the NFSA and National Portrait Gallery collaborative exhibition, 'Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits'.

By Jennifer Coombes / 31 Oct 2017
Object
Photographs

Berlei's Beauty in the Balance

Berlei cinema and television advertisements and educational glass slides from the 1920s to the 1960s offer a window onto Australian fashion and social mores.

By Beth Taylor / 9 Oct 2017
Film
Object
Sep 2017

Cinema Art poster collection

Cinema Art Films brought many notable foreign productions to Australia between 1927 and 1932. We've acquired original posters for a selection of their releases.

By Beck Martin / 26 Sep 2017
Posters
Jun 2017

Graham Kennedy candle

One of the most unusual Graham Kennedy items in our collection is a candle in the shape of his head.

By Maryanne Doyle / 22 Jun 2017
Object

The magical Kinora

The NFSA has recently acquired a Kinora 'flipper viewer', manufactured in England in 1901.

By Jenny Gall / 2 Jun 2017
Object