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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

Bradman in Colour

A recently donated film reveals the only known colour footage of Sir Donald Bradman playing cricket.

By Jeff Wray / 21 Feb 2020
Film

Sky Bride

The NFSA celebrates Valentine's Day with recently restored footage of a unique wedding ceremony in the skies over Sydney in 1932.

By Jeff Wray / 11 Feb 2020
Film

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
Dec 2019

Elton John in Australia

To celebrate Sir Elton John's farewell tour, we've found some rare press conferences and interviews from previous visits to Australia in 1974, 1984 and 1988.

By Mel Bondfield / 3 Dec 2019
Television
Nov 2019

Get Wet

In November 1979, Australian band Mental As Anything released their debut album 'Get Wet' and launched a long career.

By Sean O'Brien / 27 Nov 2019
Oral History
Posters
Sound
Television

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
Oct 2019

Home Movie Marathon

The NFSA celebrates Home Movie Day 2019 by participating in a Home Movie Marathon that also coincides with the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

By Jeff Wray / 17 Oct 2019
Film