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May 2021

The Busy Bee and the Rotten Road

The story behind the 'Official Film of the Busy Bee, May 10th 1914’, a record of a community working bee to repair a Perth roadway.

By Tamara Osicka / 14 May 2021
Film
Mar 2021

Deep Dive: Paul Barron Interview

A conversation with Paul Barron, who helped launch the careers of many actors including Heath Ledger and Nicole Kidman.

By Travis Green / 2 Mar 2021
Film
Sound
Television
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
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
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
Jan 2019

Constructing Australia: Pipe Dreams

Construction of the Perth to Coolgardie Water Scheme is a story of personal tragedy, political rivalries, corruption and trial by media that nearly tore apart Australia at the moment of its birth.

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
Nov 2018

NFSA Stories: Outback geologist

Dr Charles Gower was delighted to watch himself in a government documentary, 45 years after it was filmed.

By Amanda Diaz / 5 Nov 2018
Film
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

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