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Feb 2018

Merle Oberon: The Lost Tasmanian

On her birthday, we share images of Merle Oberon from the NFSA's Taussig Film Stills Collection. Publicity for the Hollywood star always claimed she was born in Tasmania but a different story emerged after her death.

Tenille Hands
Film
Photographs
Nov 2017

Phar Lap Forever

A winner with a big heart and a liking for sugar cubes - Phar Lap's story captivated the nation.

Beth Taylor
Film
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'.

Jennifer Coombes
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.

Beth Taylor
Film
Object
Sep 2017

AFL, 1933: Wave the two flags!

Footage of a 1933 AFL face-off between Victorian and South Australian teams gives us rare glimpses of two goal-kicking legends.

Simon Smith
Film

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.

Beck Martin
Posters
Apr 2017

Daredevil motorcycle chariot races!

Inspired by the 1925 silent version of Ben-Hur, two NSW police officers recreated the famous chariot race scene ... with motorcycles!

Miguel Gonzalez
Film
Mar 2017

The boy on the Harbour Bridge

We found the family of the young boy who climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in March 1932!

Miguel Gonzalez
Film

Amy Johnson, Aviator

We pay tribute to aviation pioneer Amy Johnson this International Women's Day

Mel Bondfield
Film
Sound
Dec 2016

2016 at the NFSA

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

Adam Blackshaw
Documents
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Radio
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Television