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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

Freedom Ride 1965

In February 1965, Dr 'Kumantjayi’ (Charlie) Perkins AO led students from the University of Sydney on a 'freedom ride’ through rural NSW to expose racial segregation in Australia.

By Adam Blackshaw / 19 Feb 2020
Film
Dec 2019

Christmas TV Pantomimes

Watch clips from three of the annual Christmas pantomimes produced for TV in the 1960s by NWS9 in Adelaide.

By Adam Blackshaw / 18 Dec 2019
Television
Nov 2019

World TV Day 2019: Ten Years of TV

For World Television Day on 21 November, curator Simon Smith shares bloopers and behind-the-scenes footage from a program marking the first 10 years of Australian television.

By Simon Smith / 18 Nov 2019
Television

Welcome to Television: A Mystery

For World Television Day on 21 November, curator Simon Smith investigates the surviving footage of Australian television's opening night.

By Simon Smith / 18 Nov 2019
Television
Sep 2019

Alternative Canberra Designs

The NFSA has acquired 24 glass slides by Walter Scott Griffiths illustrating his alternative vision for Australia’s future capital city.

By Tamara Osicka / 16 Sep 2019
Object
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

John Farnham's Early Years

Before he was 'Whispering Jack', John Farnham was a teen idol named Johnny who was crowned 'King of Pop' five times.

By Mel Bondfield / 16 Aug 2019
Sound
Television
Jul 2019

Original Moon Landing Broadcast

A rare copy of the restored original TV broadcast of the July 1969 Apollo 11 Moon landing, previously given by NASA to the CSIRO, will now be preserved at the NFSA.

By Stephen Groenewegen / 3 Jul 2019
Film