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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
Jul 2019

Original Moon Landing Broadcast

A rare copy of the restored original TV broadcast of the July 1969 Apollo 11 Moon landing, previously given by NASA to the CSIRO, will now be preserved at the NFSA.

By Stephen Groenewegen / 3 Jul 2019
Film
May 2019

Cinema Reborn: The Nun

Award-winning film critic Adrian Martin writes about The Nun (AKA La Religieuse), which screens at Arc cinema on 10 May as part of the Cinema Reborn season.

By Adrian Martin / 2 May 2019
Film
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

Heath Ledger exhibition

Audiences are about to discover the man behind the camera in the NFSA’s new exhibition Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures.

By Miguel Gonzalez / 7 Aug 2018
Film
Mar 2018

Australia's Commonwealth Games

On the eve of the 21st Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, we look back at highlights from the previous four Games held in Australia.

By Adam Blackshaw / 26 Mar 2018
Film
Television
Dec 2017

Harold Holt's disappearance

The disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt, on 17 December 1967, remains one of Australia’s greatest mysteries.

By Adam Blackshaw / 12 Dec 2017
Film
Television
Oct 2017

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
Jul 2017

Bobo

The NFSA recently acquired costumes, scrapbooks and other memorabilia recording the career of Hal Turner, who played one of the first recognisable children's characters on Australian television.

By Adam Blackshaw / 21 Jul 2017
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Television