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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 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
Feb 2020

Picnic at Hanging Rock Costumes

On 14 February 2020, it is 120 years since the (fictional) events in Picnic at Hanging Rock. Jenny Gall takes a close look at two of the costumes from Peter Weir's film, released 45 years ago in 1975.

By Jenny Gall / 3 Feb 2020
Documents
Film
Nov 2019

Happy 100th Felix!

To celebrate 100 years of Felix the Cat, we’ve reached into our magic bag of tricks to bring you some excerpts from the original cartoons.

By Mel Bondfield / 5 Nov 2019
Film
Sep 2019

Starstruck on Tour

After successful seasons in Canberra, Adelaide, the Gold Coast and Bathurst, the Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits exhibition now opens in Geraldton, WA.

By Stephen Groenewegen / 24 Sep 2019
Object
Photographs
Posters
Aug 2019

Fredd Bear Costume

Fredd Bear, the much-loved children’s television character from the late 1960s and early 70s, has arrived at the NFSA.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 20 Aug 2019
Television
Jun 2019

NFSA Stories: 1920s Papua New Guinea

A visit to the NFSA gave one family history researcher the chance to learn more about the adventures of her great uncle in the early 1920s.

By Amanda Diaz / 3 Jun 2019
Film
Mar 2019

The Heidelberg Golf Club

The Heidelberg Golf Club in Melbourne recently donated to the NFSA a film from the 1920s showing the club and its surrounds at the time of its formation.

By Pat O'Connor / 28 Mar 2019
Film
Jan 2019

Jimmy Hannan: a winning smile

Vale Jimmy Hannan, who passed away on 7 January 2019, at the age of 84. We celebrate his life and work, and acknowledge his kind donation to the NFSA.

By Beth Taylor / 8 Jan 2019
Photographs
Sound
Television