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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
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
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
Dec 2016

2016 at the NFSA

The NFSA collects tens of thousands of items every year. What were some of the highlights for 2016?

By Adam Blackshaw / 23 Dec 2016
Documents
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Radio
Sound
Television
Sep 2016

A homemade TV

Television is celebrating 60 years in Australia this week. Did you know that in TV’s early days, a number of talented people built their own TV sets at home?

By Jenny Gall / 12 Sep 2016
Object
Television
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
May 2016

Authentic B-grade

In association with the St Kilda Film Festival, the NFSA presents a comedy double bill of two short films from the late 1970s.

By Heather Gill / 18 May 2016
Film
Photographs
Posters
Apr 2016

Selling Crocodile Dundee

Crocodile Dundee was a huge international hit. How was it marketed in different countries?

By Beth Taylor / 21 Apr 2016
Film
Photographs
Posters