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May 2021

Dame Nellie Melba lost footage

In celebration of the 160th anniversary of Dame Nellie Melba’s birth, we reveal previously unseen private footage of Australia’s ‘Queen of Song’.

By Simon Smith / 13 May 2021
Film
Oct 2020

Dawn Swane

Production designer Melinda Doring has donated her mother's unique collection of home movies, including never-before-seen footage of The Beatles.

By Tara Marynowsky / 29 Oct 2020
Documents
Film
Photographs
Television

1970 West Gate Bridge Disaster

Fifty years ago, on 15 October 1970, Australia's worst-ever industrial accident occurred when the West Gate Bridge collapsed into the Yarra River in Melbourne, killing 35 people.

By Adam Blackshaw / 13 Oct 2020
Television
Sep 2020

Deep Dive: Making Waves + Emma Bortignon

In 2020 the NFSA screened the documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, followed by a Q&A with award-winning Australian sound designer Emma Bortignon.

By Johnny Milner / 29 Sep 2020
Film
Apr 2020

Trams and Melbourne streets

Take a step back in time and discover the charm of Melbourne more than a century ago.

By Jemma Pietrus / 28 Apr 2020
Film
Aug 2019

Charles Farrell Flies In

When Charles Farrell came to Australia in 1936 to appear in The Flying Doctor, he brought with him a touch of Hollywood glamour and the aura of a big-name star.

By Jeff Wray / 28 Aug 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

NFSA Video Selfie Booth

The NFSA Video Selfie Booth is now open in the Front Room at Acton.

By Chris Arneil / 29 Jan 2019
Film

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
Aug 2018

Hail, Caesar! Canine Hollywood Hero

Meet the Australian star who worked opposite Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and the Marx Brothers in 1930s Hollywood – Caesar, the Alsatian dog from Belka, WA.

By Jeff Wray / 22 Aug 2018
Film
Photographs
Posters