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Sep 2020

NFSA Stories: The Drifting Avenger

On a recent holiday to Australia, a former child actor visited the NFSA to watch the Japanese Western he starred in more than 50 years ago.

By Amanda Diaz / 16 Sep 2020
Film
Aug 2020

Battle of the Sounds

In the late 1960s and early 70s, up-and-coming rock bands looked to find fame and win big by competing in the ultimate contest – Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds.

By Nick Henderson / 21 Aug 2020
Photographs
Radio
Sound
Jun 2020

Mavis Ripper, Costume Designer

NFSA curator Jenny Gall shines a spotlight on Mavis Ripper, a pioneer of Australian costume design for film and theatre.

By Jenny Gall / 30 Jun 2020
Film

Wanda Beach Murders and the Beaumont Kids

Amy Butterfield considers the wave of high-profile crimes in the 1960s that led commentators to proclaim that Australia had 'lost its innocence'.

By Amy Butterfield / 12 Jun 2020
Television
May 2020

Last Tasmanian Tiger

The NFSA has digitised in 4K a 21-second newsreel clip from 1935 featuring the last-known images of the extinct thylacine.

By Simon Smith / 19 May 2020
Film
Apr 2020

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 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
Feb 2020

Freedom Ride 1965

In February 1965, Dr 'Kumantjayi’ (Charlie) Perkins AO led students from the University of Sydney on a 'freedom ride’ through rural NSW to expose racial segregation in Australia.

By Adam Blackshaw / 19 Feb 2020
Film

Sky Bride

The NFSA celebrates Valentine's Day with recently restored footage of a unique wedding ceremony in the skies over Sydney in 1932.

By Jeff Wray / 11 Feb 2020
Film
Jan 2020

Australian Women's Cricket

For thousands of Australian women and girls, cricket is not just a sport for the boys, but a way of life.

By Mel Bondfield / 6 Jan 2020
Film
Television